When can I plant Bunching Onions in Zone 6b

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The earliest that you can plant bunching onions in Zone 6b should be figured out by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bunching Onions

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

Bunching Onions do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant bunching onions in Zone 6b 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 bunching onions and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your bunching onions may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your bunching onions indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 6b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. We can expect an average low temperature of -5°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6b is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6b there is a last frost after April 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your bunching onions if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 6b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 6b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-5°F
Highest Expected Low0°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -5°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 0°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 6b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 6b.