When can I plant Parsnip in Zone 4b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

By referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 4b it's possible to estimate when it's possible to plant parsnip.


Planting Calendar for Parsnip

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

Parsnip do well in moderate cold which tells us that you can plant them a little earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant parsnip in Zone 4b is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant parsnip and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your parsnip may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your parsnip indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on May 15 in Zone 4b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -25°F.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 4b is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 4b we get surprised by a frost after May 15 be ready to cover your parsnip if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 4b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 4b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-25°F
Highest Expected Low-20°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -25°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 4b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 4b.