When can I plant Balsam in Zone 1a

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's a good idea to figure out when it's possible to plant balsam by referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 1a.


Planting Calendar for Balsam

Frost tolerance for balsam: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Balsam do not do well in cold weather which means that you need to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant balsam in Zone 1a is June. However, you really should wait until July if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant balsam and expect a good harvest is probably July. If you wait any later than that and your balsam may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your balsam indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 1a the average date of last frost happens on June 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -60°F.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 1a is just an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 1a last frost occurs after June 15 be ready to protect your balsam in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-60°F
Highest Expected Low-55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -60°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 1a.