When can I plant Napa cabbage in Zone 3b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate 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.

A common way of estimating when you can plant napa cabbage is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 3b.


Planting Calendar for Napa cabbage

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

Napa cabbage can survive in quite a bit of cold which tells us that you can plant them much earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant napa cabbage in Zone 3b 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 napa cabbage and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your napa cabbage may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your napa cabbage indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on May 15 in Zone 3b. We can expect an average low temperature of -35°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 3b is an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 3b there is a last frost after May 15 be ready to protect your napa cabbage if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 3b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 3b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-35°F
Highest Expected Low-30°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -35°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -30°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 3b

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