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Basil Growing Season for Florida

The NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides information to the public about spring and fall frost dates in the United States and the length of the expected growing season for each area. These statistics are calculated using data collected from 1971 to 2000, across 4300 weather stations located in every part of the country.

While informative, the statistics that NOAA provides is overwhelming. So, we took the liberty of extracting the most basic information that we feel would be useful to someone interested in growing basil outdoors.

The table below lists the date after which it should be safe to plant basil outdoors in each area of the state. This information is based on NOAA’s calculations for a 10% probability of temperatures falling below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that, on average, there is only a 10% chance that you will see frost after this date. Also listed is the estimated length of the growing season. This is how many days you can expect to have before the risk of frost is greater than 10%.

Please use this information at your own risk. You must take into consideration many varying factors, for example, micro-climates or the presence of valleys and bodies of water, to determine your actual growing season.

StateCountyLast Frost DateLength of Growing Season
FLAlachua4/09222
FLBaker4/13204
FLBrevard3/14283
FLBroward2/11338
FLCharlotte3/06294
FLCitrus4/06222
FLCollier2/21309
FLColumbia4/10206
FLDade2/07338
FLDesoto3/23247
FLDixie4/15200
FLDuval3/12259
FLEscambia3/27231
FLFranklin3/28236
FLGadsden4/13211
FLGlades3/05294
FLGulf4/08208
FLHamilton4/12202
FLHardee3/26258
FLHendry3/20273
FLHernando4/01231
FLHighlands4/17228
FLHillsborough3/09280
FLIndian River3/17290
FLJefferson4/15189
FLLafayette4/14204
FLLake3/15268
FLLee2/20313
FLLeon4/24184
FLLevy4/07209
FLMadison4/11207
FLManatee3/11276
FLMarion4/06213
FLMartin3/03310
FLMiami-Dade2/07338
FLMonroeN/AGrowing season is year-round.
FLNassau3/19253
FLOkaloosa4/22181
FLOkeechobee3/04297
FLOsceola3/15275
FLPalm Beach3/17279
FLPasco3/08271
FLPinellas3/15275
FLPolk3/13273
FLPutnam3/22252
FLSanta Rosa4/11208
FLSarasota2/28294
FLSeminole3/16269
FLSt. Lucie3/15278
FLSumter3/29233
FLSuwannee4/14203
FLTaylor4/19198
FLVolusia4/10216
FLWalton4/21173
FLWashington4/15197