When can I plant Chinese chives in Zone 2a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 2a can be used to estimate when it's a good idea to plant chinese chives.


Planting Calendar for Chinese chives

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

Chinese chives can survive in a little bit of cold which means that you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant chinese chives 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 chives and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your chinese chives may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your chinese chives indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 2a the average date of last frost happens on May 15. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -50°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 2a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2a we get surprised by a frost after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your chinese chives 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.