When can I plant Thunbergia in Zone 5a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine 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 figure out when to plant thunbergia in Zone 5a by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Thunbergia

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

Thunbergia require warm weather which means that you need to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant thunbergia 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 thunbergia and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your thunbergia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your thunbergia indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few 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.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 5a is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5a last frost occurs after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your thunbergia 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.