When can I plant Turnips in Zone 6a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You should be able to estimate when it's possible to plant turnips by checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 6a.


Planting Calendar for Turnips

Frost tolerance for turnips: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

Since turnips do not do well in cold weather it's important to wait until after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

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

Last Frost Date

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

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 6a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 6a it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your turnips 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.