When can I plant Cantaloupes in Zone 1a

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.

You can determine when it's possible to plant cantaloupes in Zone 1a by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Cantaloupes

Frost tolerance for cantaloupes: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since cantaloupes require warm weather you need to wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant cantaloupes 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 cantaloupes and expect a good harvest is probably July. Any later than that and your cantaloupes may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your cantaloupes indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on June 15 in Zone 1a. We should expect an average low temperature of -60°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 1a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1a we get surprised by a frost after June 15 be ready to protect your cantaloupes if we have a late frost.

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.