When can I plant Platycodon in Zone 8b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the 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.

It's a good idea to figure out when it's a good idea to plant platycodon by using the USDA zone info for Zone 8b.


Planting Calendar for Platycodon

Frost tolerance for platycodon: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Since platycodon do ok in moderate cold you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant platycodon in Zone 8b is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant platycodon and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your platycodon may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your platycodon indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8b is an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 8b we get a frost after March 15 so make sure that you are ready to cover your platycodon 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.