When can I plant Bleeding Hearts in Zone 7a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 7a you can determine when it's the best time to plant bleeding hearts by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bleeding Hearts

Frost tolerance for bleeding hearts: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

You can plant bleeding hearts slightly earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather.

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A good time to plant bleeding hearts
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant bleeding hearts
Probably not a good time to plant bleeding hearts

The earliest that you can plant bleeding hearts in Zone 7a is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant bleeding hearts and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your bleeding hearts may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your bleeding hearts indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 7a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 0°F.

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 7a and it will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 7a last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to protect your bleeding hearts if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 7a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 7a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low0°F
Highest Expected Low5°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 0°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 5°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 7a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 7a.