When can I plant Chinese chives in Zone 3a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our 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.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 3a it's possible to figure out when it's possible to plant chinese chives.


Planting Calendar for Chinese chives

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

You can plant chinese chives a little bit earlier in the year because they do well in moderate cold.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant chinese chives
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant chinese chives
Probably not a good time to plant chinese chives

The earliest that you can plant chinese chives in Zone 3a is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant chinese chives and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your chinese chives may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your chinese chives indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 3a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 3a we get a frost after May 15 be ready to protect your chinese chives in the event of 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.