When can I plant Oenothera in Zone 8a

One of the first steps we take when we are determining our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You will be able to estimate when you can plant oenothera by checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 8a.


Planting Calendar for Oenothera

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

Oenothera are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can start planting them earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

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

Last Frost Date

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

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 will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a last frost occurs after March 15 be ready to protect your oenothera in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.