When can I plant Clover in Zone 8a

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.

A way of getting a good idea when to plant clover is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 8a.


Planting Calendar for Clover

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

Clover tend to make it in mild cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant clover 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 clover and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your clover may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your clover indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8a. 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 may not be accurate from year to year 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 a frost after March 15 be ready to protect your clover in the event of a surprise 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.