When can I plant Sweet Potato Vine in Zone 5a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can determine when it's possible to plant sweet potato vine in Zone 5a by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Sweet Potato Vine

Frost tolerance for sweet potato vine: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Since sweet potato vine do not do well in cold weather you must wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant sweet potato vine
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant sweet potato vine
Probably not a good time to plant sweet potato vine

The earliest that you can plant sweet potato vine 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 sweet potato vine and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your sweet potato vine may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your sweet potato vine indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 5a is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5a we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your sweet potato vine if we have a 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.