When can I plant Corn in Zone 9a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden 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 estimate when it's the best time to plant corn by using the USDA zone info for Zone 9a.


Planting Calendar for Corn

Frost tolerance for corn: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's probably a bad idea to plant corn until after all chance of frost has passed because they are not cold tolerant.

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

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

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on February 15 in Zone 9a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 20°F.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 9a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 9a we get surprised by a frost after February 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your corn if we have a surprise 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.