When can I plant Field Peas in Zone 9b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the 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 chance to plant field peas in Zone 9b should be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Field Peas

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

Field Peas are moderately cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant field peas in Zone 9b 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 field peas and expect a good harvest is probably October. If you wait any later than that and your field peas may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your field peas indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 9b is just an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 9b we get a frost after February 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your field peas in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.