When can I plant Pampas Grass 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.

You will be able to estimate when it's the best time to plant pampas grass by referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 7a.


Planting Calendar for Pampas Grass

Frost tolerance for pampas grass: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Since pampas grass do not do well in cold weather you need to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant pampas grass 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 pampas grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your pampas grass may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your pampas grass indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 7a may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 7a we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your pampas grass if we have a surprise late frost.

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.