When can I plant Lemon grass in Zone 4a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate 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.

It's possible to determine when you can plant lemon grass by looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 4a.


Planting Calendar for Lemon grass

Frost tolerance for lemon grass: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Lemon grass do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant lemon grass
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant lemon grass
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The earliest that you can plant lemon grass in Zone 4a is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant lemon grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your lemon grass may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your lemon grass indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 4a and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4a there is a last frost after May 15 so always be ready to cover your lemon grass if we have 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.