When can I plant Lettuce in Zone 2b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's possible to determine when you can plant lettuce by using the USDA zone info for Zone 2b.


Planting Calendar for Lettuce

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

Since lettuce are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant lettuce in Zone 2b 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 lettuce and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your lettuce may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your lettuce indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 2b the average date of last frost happens on May 15. We can expect an average low temperature of -45°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 2b is an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 2b there is a last frost after May 15 be ready to protect your lettuce if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 2b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 2b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)August 15
Lowest Expected Low-45°F
Highest Expected Low-40°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -45°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -40°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 2b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 2b.