When can I plant Cabbage in Zone 2a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant cabbage in Zone 2a can be figured out by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Cabbage

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

Cabbage do ok in a little bit of cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant cabbage 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 cabbage and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your cabbage may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your cabbage 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 May 15 in Zone 2a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -50°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 2a is just an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 2a last frost occurs after May 15 be ready to cover your cabbage 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.