When can I plant Gherkins in Zone 8b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can determine when you can plant gherkins in Zone 8b by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Gherkins

Frost tolerance for gherkins: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Since gherkins require warm weather it's necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant gherkins in Zone 8b 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 gherkins and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your gherkins may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your gherkins indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on 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 is just an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8b last frost occurs after March 15 so always be ready to protect your gherkins in the event of 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.