When can I plant Bell Peppers in Zone 4a

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.

The USDA zone info for Zone 4a can be looked at to determine when to plant bell peppers.


Planting Calendar for Bell Peppers

Frost tolerance for bell peppers: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Bell Peppers are not cold tolerant which tells us that you need 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 bell peppers
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant bell peppers
Probably not a good time to plant bell peppers

The earliest that you can plant bell peppers in Zone 4a 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 bell peppers and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your bell peppers may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your bell peppers indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 4a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -30°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 4a is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4a it frosts late in the year after May 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your bell peppers in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 4a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 4a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-30°F
Highest Expected Low-25°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -30°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -25°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 4a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 4a.