When can I plant Strawberries in Zone 1a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's a good idea to estimate when you can plant strawberries by reviewing the USDA zone info for Zone 1a.


Planting Calendar for Strawberries

Frost tolerance for strawberries: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Strawberries do well in cold which tells us that you can plant them a quite a bit earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant strawberries in Zone 1a is May. However, you really should wait until June if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant strawberries and expect a good harvest is probably July. Any later than that and your strawberries may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your strawberries indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 1a the average date of last frost happens on June 15. It might get as low as -60°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 1a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 1a it frosts late in the year after June 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your strawberries in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-60°F
Highest Expected Low-55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -60°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 1a.