When can I plant Decorative Kale in Zone 8b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant decorative kale in Zone 8b can be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Decorative Kale

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

Decorative Kale are moderately cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant decorative kale 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 decorative kale and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your decorative kale may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your decorative kale indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8b. It might get as low as 15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8b may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8b we get surprised by a frost after March 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your decorative kale in the event of 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.