When can I plant Purple Bell Vines in Zone 9a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of estimating when to plant purple bell vines is to refer to the USDA zone info for Zone 9a.


Planting Calendar for Purple Bell Vines

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

Since purple bell vines do ok in moderate cold you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant purple bell vines
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant purple bell vines
Probably not a good time to plant purple bell vines

The earliest that you can plant purple bell vines in Zone 9a 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 purple bell vines and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your purple bell vines may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your purple bell vines indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on February 15 in Zone 9a. It might get as low as 20°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 9a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 9a we get surprised by a frost after February 15 so always be ready to cover your purple bell vines in the event of 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.