When can I plant Matricaria 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.

A way of estimating when to plant matricaria is to refer to the USDA zone info for Zone 8b.


Planting Calendar for Matricaria

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

Since matricaria are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather you can plant them a little earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant matricaria
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant matricaria
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The earliest that you can plant matricaria 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 matricaria and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your matricaria may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your matricaria indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on March 15 in Zone 8b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 15°F.

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. Since half of the time in Zone 8b last frost occurs after March 15 be ready to cover your matricaria 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.