When can I plant Calla Lily in Zone 3a

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.

You can figure out when it's a good idea to plant calla lily in Zone 3a by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Calla Lily

Frost tolerance for calla lily: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Since calla lily are not cold tolerant it is important to wait until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant calla lily in Zone 3a is May. However, you really should wait until June if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant calla lily and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your calla lily may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your calla lily indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 3a the average date of last frost happens on May 15. It might get as low as -40°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 3a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 3a we get surprised by a frost after May 15 be ready to cover your calla lily in the event of a 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.