When can I plant Black Eyed Susans in Zone 6a

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

By reviewing the USDA zone info for Zone 6a it's possible to figure out when to plant black eyed susans.


Planting Calendar for Black Eyed Susans

Frost tolerance for black eyed susans: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Since black eyed susans do not do well in cold weather it's necessary to wait until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant black eyed susans
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant black eyed susans
Probably not a good time to plant black eyed susans

The earliest that you can plant black eyed susans in Zone 6a is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant black eyed susans and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your black eyed susans may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your black eyed susans indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Zone 6a. We should expect an average low temperature of -10°F in the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 6a is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6a there is a last frost after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your black eyed susans in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 6a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 6a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-10°F
Highest Expected Low-5°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -10°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -5°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 6a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 6a.