When can I plant Platycodon 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 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 should be looked at to figure out when you can plant platycodon.


Planting Calendar for Platycodon

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

Since platycodon are barely cold tolerant you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant platycodon
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant platycodon
Probably not a good time to plant platycodon

The earliest that you can plant platycodon 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 platycodon and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your platycodon may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your platycodon indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 2a and it can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2a there is a last frost after May 15 so always be ready to cover your platycodon if we have 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.