When can I plant Platycodon in Zone 6a

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out 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.

The first chance to plant platycodon in Zone 6a can be estimated by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Platycodon

Frost tolerance for platycodon: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

You can plant platycodon slightly earlier in the year because they do ok in moderate cold.

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

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

The last month that you can plant platycodon and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your platycodon may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your platycodon indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 6a. It might get as low as -10°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 6a and it is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 6a we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your platycodon 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.