When can I plant Anise in Zone 5a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 5a can be used to estimate when it's the best time to plant anise.


Planting Calendar for Anise

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

Anise tend to make it in very little cold which means that you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant anise in Zone 5a 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 anise and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your anise may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your anise indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 5a. It might get as low as -20°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 5a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 5a there is a last frost after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your anise if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 5a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-20°F
Highest Expected Low-15°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -20°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -15°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 5a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 5a.