When can I plant Maltese Cross in Zone 5a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 5a you can determine when it's the best time to plant maltese cross by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Maltese Cross

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

Since maltese cross do well in moderate cold you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant maltese cross 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 maltese cross and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your maltese cross may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your maltese cross indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 5a. We should expect an average low temperature of -20°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 5a is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 5a we get a frost after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your maltese cross 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.