When can I plant Millet in Zone 1b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 1b should be used to figure out when you can plant millet.


Planting Calendar for Millet

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

Millet do not do well in cold weather which tells us that it's important to wait until it warms up after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant millet 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 millet and expect a good harvest is probably July. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your millet may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your millet indoors.

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.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 1b is not always accurate our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 1b last frost occurs after June 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your millet 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.