When can I plant Nicotiana in Zone 4a

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

The first chance to plant nicotiana in Zone 4a can be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Nicotiana

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

It's probably a bad idea to plant nicotiana until after all chance of frost has passed because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant nicotiana in Zone 4a 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 nicotiana and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your nicotiana may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your nicotiana indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on May 15 in Zone 4a. We should expect an average low temperature of -30°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 4a is an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4a last frost occurs after May 15 so always be ready to protect your nicotiana if we have a surprise late frost.

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.