When can I plant Achimenes in Zone 2a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 2a should be reffered to in order to determine when to plant achimenes.


Planting Calendar for Achimenes

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

Achimenes do not do well in cold weather which tells us 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 achimenes
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant achimenes
Probably not a good time to plant achimenes

The earliest that you can plant achimenes in Zone 2a 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 achimenes and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your achimenes may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your achimenes indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 2a the average date of last frost happens on May 15. It might get as low as -50°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 2a and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2a we get a frost after May 15 so be sure to be ready to protect your achimenes if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 2a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 2a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)August 15
Lowest Expected Low-50°F
Highest Expected Low-45°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -50°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -45°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 2a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 2a.