When can I plant Elephant Ears in Zone 3a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our 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 will be able to figure out when you can plant elephant ears by referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 3a.


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 require warm weather it's necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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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 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 elephant ears and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your elephant ears may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your elephant ears indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 3a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -40°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 3a is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 3a we get surprised by a frost after May 15 be ready to cover your elephant ears 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.