When can I plant String beans 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.

The USDA zone info for Zone 9a can be looked at to estimate when you can plant string beans.


Planting Calendar for String beans

Frost tolerance for string beans: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

You should not plant string beans until after the last frost has passed because they require warm weather.

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

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

Last Frost Date

In Zone 9a the average date of last frost happens on February 15. We can expect an average low temperature of 20°F in the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind 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 protect your string beans in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.