When can I plant Cantaloupes in Zone 1b

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our 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 estimate when to plant cantaloupes in Zone 1b by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Cantaloupes

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

Cantaloupes require warm weather which means that it's necessary to wait until it warms up after the last frost before you can plant them.

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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 1b 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. If you wait any later than that and your cantaloupes may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your cantaloupes indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 1b the average date of last frost happens on June 15. It might get as low as -55°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 1b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1b last frost occurs after June 15 be ready to cover your cantaloupes in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-55°F
Highest Expected Low-50°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -55°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -50°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1b

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