When can I plant Bachelor Buttons in Zone 3a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine 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.

In Zone 3a you can estimate when it's a good idea to plant bachelor buttons by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bachelor Buttons

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

Bachelor Buttons are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can plant them a little bit earlier than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant bachelor buttons in Zone 3a 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 bachelor buttons and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your bachelor buttons may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your bachelor buttons indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on May 15 in Zone 3a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -40°F.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 3a and it is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 3a we get surprised by a frost after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your bachelor buttons if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 3a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 3a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-40°F
Highest Expected Low-35°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -40°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -35°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 3a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 3a.