When can I plant Bells of Ireland in Zone 4a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the 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.

The first chance to plant bells of ireland in Zone 4a can be determined by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bells of Ireland

Frost tolerance for bells of ireland: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Since bells of ireland do ok in moderate cold you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant bells of ireland
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant bells of ireland
Probably not a good time to plant bells of ireland

The earliest that you can plant bells of ireland in Zone 4a is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant bells of ireland and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your bells of ireland may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your bells of ireland indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 4a the average date of last frost happens on May 15. We should expect an average low temperature of -30°F in the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 4a is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4a last frost occurs after May 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your bells of ireland 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.