When can I plant Polygonums in Zone 5a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule is the 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 determine when to plant polygonums by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Polygonums

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

Polygonums do not do well in cold weather which tells us that you must 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 polygonums
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant polygonums
Probably not a good time to plant polygonums

The earliest that you can plant polygonums 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 polygonums and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your polygonums may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your polygonums indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 5a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 5a we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your polygonums in the event of 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.