When can I plant Bok Choi in Zone 4b

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.

A way of making a decision about when it's possible to plant bok choi is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 4b.


Planting Calendar for Bok Choi

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

Bok Choi are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can get them planted earlier than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant bok choi in Zone 4b 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 bok choi and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your bok choi may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your bok choi 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 4b. It might get as low as -25°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 4b is just an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4b there is a last frost after May 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your bok choi in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 4b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 4b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-25°F
Highest Expected Low-20°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -25°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 4b

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