When can I plant Foxglove 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.

In Zone 5a you can determine when it's a good idea to plant foxglove by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Foxglove

Frost tolerance for foxglove: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

You can plant foxglove a little bit earlier in the year because they are moderately cold tolerant.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant foxglove
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant foxglove
Probably not a good time to plant foxglove

The earliest that you can plant foxglove 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 foxglove and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your foxglove may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your foxglove indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 5a and it changes from year to 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 foxglove in the event of 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.