When can I plant Elephant Ears in Zone 1a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can figure out when it's possible to plant elephant ears in Zone 1a by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Elephant Ears

Frost tolerance for elephant ears: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Since elephant ears are not cold tolerant it is important to wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant elephant ears 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 elephant ears and expect a good harvest is probably July. Any later than that and your elephant ears may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your elephant ears indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on June 15 in Zone 1a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -60°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 1a is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 1a last frost occurs after June 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your elephant ears 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.