When can I plant Endive in Zone 8b

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

A way of estimating when it's a good idea to plant endive is to consult the USDA zone info for Zone 8b.


Planting Calendar for Endive

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

Endive do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant endive 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 endive and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your endive may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your endive indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 15°F.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 8b is an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8b we get a frost after March 15 be ready to protect your endive if we have a surprise 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.