When can I plant Coleus in Zone 7a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of making a decision about when you can plant coleus is to examine the USDA zone info for Zone 7a.


Planting Calendar for Coleus

Frost tolerance for coleus: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since coleus do not do well in cold weather it's necessary to wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant coleus
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant coleus
Probably not a good time to plant coleus

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

The last month that you can plant coleus and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your coleus may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your coleus indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Zone 7a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 0°F.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 7a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 7a it frosts late in the year after April 15 so be sure to be ready to protect your coleus in the event of 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.