When can I plant Dusty Miller in Zone 4a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 4a you will be able to determine when it's a good idea to plant dusty miller.


Planting Calendar for Dusty Miller

Frost tolerance for dusty miller: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Dusty Miller do ok in pretty solid cold which means that you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant dusty miller in Zone 4a 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 dusty miller and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your dusty miller may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your dusty miller indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on May 15 in Zone 4a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -30°F.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 4a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4a last frost occurs after May 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your dusty miller in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 4a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 4a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-30°F
Highest Expected Low-25°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -30°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -25°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 4a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 4a.