When can I plant Snapdragons in Zone 9a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our 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.

The first opportunity to plant snapdragons in Zone 9a should be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Snapdragons

Frost tolerance for snapdragons: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since snapdragons do well 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 snapdragons
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant snapdragons
Probably not a good time to plant snapdragons

The earliest that you can plant snapdragons in Zone 9a is January. However, you really should wait until February if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant snapdragons and expect a good harvest is probably October. Any later than that and your snapdragons may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your snapdragons indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 9a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 9a we get surprised by a frost after February 15 be ready to cover your snapdragons in the event of 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.