When can I plant Monkey Flower 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 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 estimate when you can plant monkey flower by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Monkey Flower

Frost tolerance for monkey flower: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Monkey Flower are not cold tolerant which means that it's necessary to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant monkey flower 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 monkey flower and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your monkey flower may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your monkey flower indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year 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 we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your monkey flower 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.