When can I plant Pansies in Zone 8b

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can figure out when it's possible to plant pansies in Zone 8b by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Pansies

Frost tolerance for pansies: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Pansies are very cold tolerant which tells us that you can start planting them much earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant pansies 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 pansies and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your pansies may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your pansies indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on March 15 in Zone 8b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 15°F.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 8b is just an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 8b it frosts late in the year after March 15 be ready to protect your pansies 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.