When can I plant Hosta in Zone 8b

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

The USDA zone info for Zone 8b can be reviewed to figure out when you can plant hosta.


Planting Calendar for Hosta

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

Since hosta do well in moderate cold you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant hosta 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 hosta and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your hosta may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your hosta indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 8b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8b there is a last frost after March 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your hosta 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.