When can I plant Coral Bells in Zone 8a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The best time to plant coral bells in Zone 8a can be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Coral Bells

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

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

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

The earliest that you can plant coral bells 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 coral bells and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your coral bells may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your coral bells indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8a. We should expect an average low temperature of 10°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 8a is an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a we get surprised by a frost after March 15 be ready to cover your coral bells 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.