When can I plant Romaine lettuce in Zone 4a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant romaine lettuce in Zone 4a can be figured out by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Romaine lettuce

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

Since romaine lettuce do well in cold you can plant them much earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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A good time to plant romaine lettuce
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant romaine lettuce
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The earliest that you can plant romaine lettuce 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 romaine lettuce and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your romaine lettuce may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your romaine lettuce indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them 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.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 4a is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 4a we get a frost after May 15 be ready to cover your romaine lettuce if we have 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.