When can I plant Black pepper in Zone 3a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant black pepper in Zone 3a should be estimated by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Black pepper

Frost tolerance for black pepper: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Black pepper are not cold tolerant which means that it's important to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant black pepper in Zone 3a 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 black pepper and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your black pepper may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your black pepper indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 3a. We can expect an average low temperature of -40°F in the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 3a is an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 3a there is a last frost after May 15 be ready to protect your black pepper if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 3a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 3a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-40°F
Highest Expected Low-35°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -40°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -35°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 3a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 3a.