When can I plant Marigold in Zone 5a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate 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 to plant marigold by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Marigold

Frost tolerance for marigold: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Marigold do not do well in cold weather which tells us that you really should wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant marigold
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant marigold
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The earliest that you can plant marigold 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 marigold and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your marigold may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your marigold indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Always 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 will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5a it frosts late in the year after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your marigold 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.