When can I plant Brussels Sprouts 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.

One way of making a decision about when you can plant brussels sprouts is to examine the USDA zone info for Zone 2a.


Planting Calendar for Brussels Sprouts

Frost tolerance for brussels sprouts: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

You can plant brussels sprouts a bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant brussels sprouts in Zone 2a 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 brussels sprouts and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your brussels sprouts may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your brussels sprouts indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on May 15 in Zone 2a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -50°F.

Always 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. Since half of the time in Zone 2a we get a frost after May 15 be ready to protect your brussels sprouts in the event of a surprise late frost.

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.