When can I plant Garden cress in Zone 6a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our 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.

One way of making a decision about when it's a good idea to plant garden cress is to consult the USDA zone info for Zone 6a.


Planting Calendar for Garden cress

Frost tolerance for garden cress: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since garden cress do not do well in cold weather it is important to wait until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant garden cress 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 garden cress and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your garden cress may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your garden cress indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 6a the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -10°F during the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 6a is an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6a we get a frost after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your garden cress if we have one of those late frosts.

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.