When can I plant Chinese cabbage 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 determining when you can plant chinese cabbage is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 2a.


Planting Calendar for Chinese cabbage

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

Chinese cabbage do ok in moderate cold which means that you can plant them a little bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant chinese 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 chinese cabbage and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your chinese cabbage may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your chinese cabbage indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 2a. We should expect an average low temperature of -50°F in the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 2a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 2a last frost occurs after May 15 be ready to protect your chinese cabbage if we have 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.