When can I plant Sweet Potato Vine in Zone 8b

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. 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 estimate when to plant sweet potato vine.


Planting Calendar for Sweet Potato Vine

Frost tolerance for sweet potato vine: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Sweet Potato Vine require warm weather which means that it is important to wait until it warms up after the last frost before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant sweet potato vine
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant sweet potato vine
Probably not a good time to plant sweet potato vine

The earliest that you can plant sweet potato vine 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 sweet potato vine and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your sweet potato vine may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your sweet potato vine 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 can expect an average low temperature of 15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8b is 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 protect your sweet potato vine 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.