When can I plant Canna in Zone 6b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the 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.

A way of making a decision about when it's the best time to plant canna is to check out the USDA zone info for Zone 6b.


Planting Calendar for Canna

Frost tolerance for canna: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Canna require warm weather which tells us that you have to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant canna in Zone 6b 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 canna and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your canna may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your canna indoors.

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.

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 6b and it is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 6b we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your canna 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.