When can I plant Chard in Zone 7a

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

In Zone 7a you can determine when it's a good idea to plant chard by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Chard

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

Chard tend to make it in moderate cold which means that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant chard
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant chard
Probably not a good time to plant chard

The earliest that you can plant chard in Zone 7a 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 chard and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your chard may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your chard indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Zone 7a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 0°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 7a is just an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 7a there is a last frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your chard if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 7a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 7a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low0°F
Highest Expected Low5°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 0°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 5°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 7a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 7a.