When can I plant Chrysanthemums in Zone 1a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You should be able to determine when it's the best time to plant chrysanthemums by reviewing the USDA zone info for Zone 1a.


Planting Calendar for Chrysanthemums

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

Chrysanthemums do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant chrysanthemums in Zone 1a is June. However, you really should wait until July if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant chrysanthemums and expect a good harvest is probably July. If you wait any later than that and your chrysanthemums may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your chrysanthemums indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on June 15 in Zone 1a. We can expect an average low temperature of -60°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 1a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1a there is a last frost after June 15 be ready to cover your chrysanthemums in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-60°F
Highest Expected Low-55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -60°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 1a.