When can I plant Dracaena in Zone 5a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of estimating when to plant dracaena is to look at the USDA zone info for Zone 5a.


Planting Calendar for Dracaena

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

Dracaena do ok in cold weather which tells us that you can plant them a lot earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant dracaena in Zone 5a is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant dracaena and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your dracaena may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your dracaena indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 5a the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -20°F during the coldest months of winter.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 5a is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 5a we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your dracaena if we have a surprise late frost.

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.