When can I plant Four O' Clock in Zone 5a

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 USDA zone info for Zone 5a can be used to figure out when to plant four o' clock.


Planting Calendar for Four O' Clock

Frost tolerance for four o' clock: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

Four O' Clock require warm weather which tells us that it is important to wait until it warms up after the last frost before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant four o' clock
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant four o' clock
Probably not a good time to plant four o' clock

The earliest that you can plant four o' clock in Zone 5a 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 four o' clock and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your four o' clock may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your four o' clock indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 5a. We should expect an average low temperature of -20°F in the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 5a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5a there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your four o' clock 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.