When can I plant Dahlia in Zone 9b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine 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.

The USDA zone info for Zone 9b can be reffered to in order to figure out when it's possible to plant dahlia.


Planting Calendar for Dahlia

Frost tolerance for dahlia: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since dahlia are not cold tolerant you must wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant dahlia in Zone 9b 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 dahlia and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your dahlia may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your dahlia indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 9b the average date of last frost happens on February 15. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 25°F.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 9b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 9b we get surprised by a frost after February 15 be ready to protect your dahlia if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 9b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 9b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)February 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)December 15
Lowest Expected Low25°F
Highest Expected Low30°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 25°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 30°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 9b

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