When can I plant Roses in Zone 3a

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 3a you can determine when to plant roses by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Roses

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

Roses can survive in some cold which means that you can plant them a little earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant roses 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 roses and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your roses may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your roses indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 3a is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 3a we get a frost after May 15 so make sure that you are ready to cover your roses 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.