When can I plant Heliotrope in Zone 8a

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

By using the USDA zone info for Zone 8a it's possible to determine when it's a good idea to plant heliotrope.


Planting Calendar for Heliotrope

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

You can not plant heliotrope until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant heliotrope 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 heliotrope and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your heliotrope may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your heliotrope indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on March 15 in Zone 8a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 10°F.

Just be sure to 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 is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 8a it frosts late in the year after March 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your heliotrope 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.