When can I plant Polka Dot Plant in Zone 4a

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

One way of getting a good idea when you can plant polka dot plant is to consult the USDA zone info for Zone 4a.


Planting Calendar for Polka Dot Plant

Frost tolerance for polka dot plant: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

It's probably a bad idea to plant polka dot plant until after all chance of frost has passed because they do not do well in cold weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant polka dot plant 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 polka dot plant and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your polka dot plant may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your polka dot plant indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 4a the average date of last frost happens on May 15. 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. Since half of the time in Zone 4a last frost occurs after May 15 be ready to cover your polka dot plant if we have a 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.