When can I plant Decorative Kale in Zone 6b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate 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 first opportunity to plant decorative kale in Zone 6b can be determined by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Decorative Kale

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

Decorative Kale tend to make it in some cold which tells us that you can plant them a little bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant decorative kale in Zone 6b 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 decorative kale and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your decorative kale may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your decorative kale indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on April 15 in Zone 6b. It might get as low as -5°F during the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 6b is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6b last frost occurs after April 15 so always be ready to protect your decorative kale if we have a late frost.

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.