When can I plant Melons in Zone 1b

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.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 1b it's possible to estimate when you can plant melons.


Planting Calendar for Melons

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

Melons require warm weather which tells us that you must wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant melons 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 melons and expect a good harvest is probably July. Any later than that and your melons may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your melons 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 should expect an average low temperature of -55°F.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 1b is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 1b we get surprised by a frost after June 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your melons if we have 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.