When can I plant New Zealand spinach in Zone 5a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 5a you can estimate when it's the best time to plant new zealand spinach by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for New Zealand spinach

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

You can plant new zealand spinach a bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

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A good time to plant new zealand spinach
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant new zealand spinach
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The earliest that you can plant new zealand spinach in Zone 5a is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant new zealand spinach and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your new zealand spinach may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your new zealand spinach indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 5a. It might get as low as -20°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 5a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5a last frost occurs after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your new zealand spinach if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 5a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-20°F
Highest Expected Low-15°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -20°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -15°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 5a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 5a.