When can I plant Lemon grass 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.

You will be able to estimate when to plant lemon grass by looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 8a.


Planting Calendar for Lemon grass

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

You can plant lemon grass a bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather.

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The earliest that you can plant lemon grass 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 lemon grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your lemon grass may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your lemon grass indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on March 15 in Zone 8a. We can expect an average low temperature of 10°F in the coldest months of winter.

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. Half of the time in Zone 8a we get a frost after March 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your lemon grass 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.