When can I plant Amaranthus in Zone 9a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You should be able to figure out when you can plant amaranthus by referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 9a.


Planting Calendar for Amaranthus

Frost tolerance for amaranthus: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Amaranthus do not do well in cold weather which tells us that it is important to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant amaranthus in Zone 9a 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 amaranthus and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your amaranthus may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your amaranthus indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 9a the average date of last frost happens on February 15. It might get as low as 20°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 9a may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 9a it frosts late in the year after February 15 be ready to cover your amaranthus if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 9a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 9a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)February 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)December 15
Lowest Expected Low20°F
Highest Expected Low25°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 20°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 25°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 9a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 9a.