When can I plant Matricaria 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.

The best time to plant matricaria in Zone 8a should be determined by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Matricaria

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

Matricaria are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which tells us that you can start planting them earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant matricaria 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 matricaria and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your matricaria may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your matricaria indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is just 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 there is a last frost after March 15 so always be ready to cover your matricaria 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.