When can I plant Sweet corn in Zone 2b

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 figure out when it's a good idea to plant sweet corn in Zone 2b by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Sweet corn

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

Sweet corn are barely cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant sweet corn in Zone 2b 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 sweet corn and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your sweet corn may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your sweet corn indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 2b. We should expect an average low temperature of -45°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 2b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 2b we get surprised by a frost after May 15 be ready to cover your sweet corn if we have one of those late frosts.

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.