When can I plant Trailing Portulaca in Zone 7b

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.

By using the USDA zone info for Zone 7b it's a good idea to determine when to plant trailing portulaca.


Planting Calendar for Trailing Portulaca

Frost tolerance for trailing portulaca: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's probably not a good idea to plant trailing portulaca until after the last frost has passed because they do not do well in cold weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant trailing portulaca in Zone 7b 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 trailing portulaca and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your trailing portulaca may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your trailing portulaca indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 7b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. We should expect an average low temperature of 5°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 7b is an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 7b there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to protect your trailing portulaca in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 7b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 7b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low5°F
Highest Expected Low10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 5°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 10°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 7b

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