When can I plant Nolana in Zone 3a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

One way of estimating when you can plant nolana is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 3a.


Planting Calendar for Nolana

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

Nolana require warm weather which tells us that you must wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate 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 always be ready to cover your nolana 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.