When can I plant Candytuft in Zone 8b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out 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.

In Zone 8b you can figure out when it's the best time to plant candytuft by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Candytuft

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

Candytuft are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can plant them a little bit earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant candytuft in Zone 8b 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 candytuft and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your candytuft may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your candytuft indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 8b the average date of last frost happens on March 15. It might get as low as 15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8b is not always accurate our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8b it frosts late in the year after March 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your candytuft if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 8b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 8b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)March 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)November 15
Lowest Expected Low15°F
Highest Expected Low20°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 8b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 8b.