California: Vegetable Planting Calendar

California Zone Hardiness Map

Planting vegetable seeds or transplants at the correct time is important to getting the most out of your garden. Knowing your first and last frost dates will help you start your vegetable seeds at the right time.
California is in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9.
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California Last & First Frost Dates
City Last Frost Date First Frost Date
Anaheim No Frost No Frost
Bakersfield 1/25 12/11
Chula Vista No Frost No Frost
Fontana 2/12 11/28
Fremont No Frost No Frost
Fresno 2/28 11/17
Glendale 1/21 12/23
Huntington Beach No Frost No Frost
Irvine No Frost No Frost
Long Beach No Frost No Frost
Los Angeles No Frost No Frost
Modesto 2/27 11/19
Moreno Valley 1/26 12/15
Oakland No Frost No Frost
Oxnard  No Frost No Frost
Riverside  1/19 12/21
Sacramento  1/31 12/4
San Bernardino  1/21 12/24
San Diego  No Frost No Frost
San Francisco  No Frost No Frost
San Jose  2/17 12/2
Santa Ana  No Frost No Frost
Santa Clarita  No Frost No Frost
Stockton  2/26 11/18

*Based on statistics there is a 10% chance that frost will occur before or after these dates. Watch your local weather for more accurate dates.

California on average has approximately 270 days between the last and first frost. Using the planting schedules below will help you get the most out of your garden.

Zone 5 Planting Schedule
Zone 5 California Planting Schedule
Zone 6 Planting Schedule
Zone 6 California Garden Schedule
Zone 7 Planting Schedule
Zone 7 California Planting Schedule
Zone 8 Planting Schedule
California Zone 8 Growing
Zone 9 Planting Schedule
Zone 9 Growing Schedule California