When can I plant California Poppy in Zone 2a

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.

A common way of figuring out when it's a good idea to plant california poppy is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 2a.


Planting Calendar for California Poppy

Frost tolerance for california poppy: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

California Poppy tend to make it in a tiny bit of cold which means that you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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The earliest that you can plant california poppy 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 california poppy and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your california poppy may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your california poppy indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on May 15 in Zone 2a. It might get as low as -50°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 2a is just an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2a last frost occurs after May 15 so always be ready to cover your california poppy if we have a 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.