When can I plant Pearl onions 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.

You can estimate when it's the best time to plant pearl onions in Zone 2a by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Pearl onions

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

Pearl onions do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than more sensitive plants.

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The earliest that you can plant pearl onions 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 pearl onions and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your pearl onions may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your pearl onions indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on May 15 in Zone 2a. In the coldest months of winter we can 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 will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 2a we get surprised by a frost after May 15 be ready to cover your pearl onions in the event of 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.