When can I plant Snow peas in Zone 3a

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

In Zone 3a you can determine when it's a good idea to plant snow peas by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Snow peas

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

You can plant snow peas earlier in the year because they are very cold tolerant.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant snow peas
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant snow peas
Probably not a good time to plant snow peas

The earliest that you can plant snow peas 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 snow peas and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your snow peas may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your snow peas indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 3a and it changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 3a it frosts late in the year after May 15 be ready to protect your snow peas in the event of a 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.