When can I plant Flax in Zone 4a

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

The first opportunity to plant flax in Zone 4a can be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Flax

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

Since flax are moderately cold tolerant you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant flax
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant flax
Probably not a good time to plant flax

The earliest that you can plant flax in Zone 4a 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 flax and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your flax may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your flax indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 4a. It might get as low as -30°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 4a is just an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 4a we get a frost after May 15 be ready to protect your flax in the event of a 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.