When can I plant Dallas Fern in Zone 6a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out 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.

You can determine when it's a good idea to plant dallas fern in Zone 6a by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Dallas Fern

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

Since dallas fern require warm weather it is necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant dallas fern 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 dallas fern and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your dallas fern may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your dallas fern indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6a may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 6a it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to cover your dallas fern if we have 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.