When can I plant Diascia in Zone 3a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate 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 estimate when it's the best time to plant diascia in Zone 3a by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Diascia

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

Diascia can survive in moderate cold which means that you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant diascia 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 diascia and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your diascia may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your diascia indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 3a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 3a it frosts late in the year after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your diascia in the event of 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.