When can I plant Torch Lilys in Zone 8a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out 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.

You can figure out when it's the best time to plant torch lilys in Zone 8a by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Torch Lilys

Frost tolerance for torch lilys: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Since torch lilys are very cold tolerant you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant torch lilys 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 torch lilys and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your torch lilys may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your torch lilys indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 8a and it changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a there is a last frost after March 15 be ready to cover your torch lilys 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.