When can I plant Parsnip 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 zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The best time to plant parsnip in Zone 6a can be estimated by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Parsnip

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

You can plant parsnip a little bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

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

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

Last Frost Date

In Zone 6a the average date of last frost happens on April 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -10°F.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 6a and it 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 protect your parsnip if we have 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.