When can I plant Chicory in Zone 6a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 6a you can figure out when it's the best time to plant chicory by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Chicory

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

Chicory do well in moderate cold which tells us that you can start planting them earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant chicory in Zone 6a is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant chicory and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your chicory may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your chicory indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 6a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -10°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 6a is an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 6a there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your chicory in the event of a 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.