When can I plant Snow peas in Zone 4a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's possible to figure out when it's a good idea to plant snow peas by looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 4a.


Planting Calendar for Snow peas

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

Snow peas do well in quite a bit of cold which means that you can plant them much earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant snow peas
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant snow peas
Probably not a good time to plant snow peas

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

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on May 15 in Zone 4a. We can expect an average low temperature of -30°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 4a is an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4a it frosts late in the year after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your snow peas if we have one of those late frosts.

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.