When can I plant Helianthemum in Zone 8a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate 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.

In Zone 8a you can figure out when you can plant helianthemum by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Helianthemum

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

Helianthemum are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant helianthemum 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 helianthemum and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your helianthemum may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your helianthemum indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on March 15 in Zone 8a. It might get as low as 10°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8a is an average 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 helianthemum if we have 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.