When can I plant Pole beans in Zone 8a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can figure out when to plant pole beans in Zone 8a by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Pole beans

Frost tolerance for pole beans: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

Since pole beans are not cold tolerant it's necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant pole beans 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 pole beans and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your pole beans may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your pole beans indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 8a is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8a we get a frost after March 15 so make sure that you are ready to cover your pole beans 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.