When can I plant Chicory in Zone 1b

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating 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.

The first opportunity to plant chicory in Zone 1b can be estimated by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Chicory

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

Chicory can survive in a little bit of cold which tells us that you can plant them a little earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

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

The last month that you can plant chicory and expect a good harvest is probably July. If you wait any later than that and your chicory may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your chicory indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on June 15 in Zone 1b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -55°F.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 1b and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 1b we get a frost after June 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your chicory if we have a 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.