When can I plant Common hollyhock 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 zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 2a can be read to estimate when it's the best time to plant common hollyhock.


Planting Calendar for Common hollyhock

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

Since common hollyhock do well in moderate cold you can plant them a little bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant common hollyhock
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant common hollyhock
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The earliest that you can plant common hollyhock 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 common hollyhock and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your common hollyhock may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your common hollyhock indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on May 15 in Zone 2a. We should expect an average low temperature of -50°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 2a is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2a there is a last frost after May 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your common hollyhock 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.