When can I plant Tithonia in Zone 8a

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 8a can be read to determine when you can plant tithonia.


Planting Calendar for Tithonia

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

Tithonia require warm weather which means that it's important to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant tithonia 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 tithonia and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your tithonia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your tithonia indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on March 15 in Zone 8a. It might get as low as 10°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember 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 prepared to protect your tithonia 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.