When can I plant Brussels Sprouts in Zone 8a

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 checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 8a it's possible to estimate when it's a good idea to plant brussels sprouts.


Planting Calendar for Brussels Sprouts

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

You can plant brussels sprouts a little earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant brussels sprouts
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant brussels sprouts
Probably not a good time to plant brussels sprouts

The earliest that you can plant brussels sprouts in Zone 8a 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 brussels sprouts and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your brussels sprouts may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your brussels sprouts indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on March 15 in Zone 8a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 10°F.

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 8a and it can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a we get surprised by a frost after March 15 be ready to protect your brussels sprouts in the event of a late frost.

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.