When can I plant Hosta in Zone 7a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

One way of making a decision about when it's possible to plant hosta is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 7a.


Planting Calendar for Hosta

Frost tolerance for hosta: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Hosta do ok in a little bit of cold which tells us that you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

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

The last month that you can plant hosta and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your hosta may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your hosta indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 7a is an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 7a we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your hosta 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.