When can I plant Daylily in Zone 6a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of determining when it's possible to plant daylily is to look at the USDA zone info for Zone 6a.


Planting Calendar for Daylily

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

Daylily are moderately cold tolerant which means that you can get them planted earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant daylily 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 daylily and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your daylily may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your daylily indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last 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.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 6a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 6a there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to protect your daylily 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.