When can I plant Strawberries 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.

The earliest that you can plant strawberries in Zone 2b should be determined by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Strawberries

Frost tolerance for strawberries: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Strawberries do ok in pretty solid cold which means that you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant strawberries
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The earliest that you can plant strawberries 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 strawberries and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your strawberries may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your strawberries indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 2b the average date of last frost happens on May 15. It might get as low as -45°F during the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 2b is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 2b there is a last frost after May 15 be ready to cover your strawberries in the event of a surprise 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.