When can I plant Anise in Zone 8a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can estimate when it's a good idea to plant anise in Zone 8a by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Anise

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

Since anise do ok in moderate cold you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant anise in Zone 8a 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 anise and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your anise may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your anise indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 8a the average date of last frost happens on March 15. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 10°F.

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 8a and it is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a last frost occurs after March 15 be ready to protect your anise in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 8a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 8a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)March 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)November 15
Lowest Expected Low10°F
Highest Expected Low15°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 10°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 15°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 8a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 8a.