When can I plant Celosia in Zone 6a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

A way of determining when to plant celosia is to examine the USDA zone info for Zone 6a.


Planting Calendar for Celosia

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

Celosia are not cold tolerant which tells us that it's important to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

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

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Zone 6a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -10°F.

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 6a and it 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 celosia 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.