When can I plant Field Peas 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 can determine when it's a good idea to plant field peas in Zone 8a by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Field Peas

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

Field Peas do well in mild cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant field peas 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 field peas and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your field peas may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your field peas indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

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.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 8a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a there is a last frost after March 15 be ready to protect your field peas if we have 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.