When can I plant Celosia in Zone 8a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You should be able to estimate when it's a good idea to plant celosia by using the USDA zone info for Zone 8a.


Planting Calendar for Celosia

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

Since celosia are not cold tolerant it's necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant celosia in Zone 8a 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 celosia and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your celosia may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your celosia 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.

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 changes 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 celosia 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.