When can I plant Echinacea in Zone 6b

One of the first steps we take when we are determining 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 echinacea in Zone 6b can be estimated by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Echinacea

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

Echinacea are barely cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant echinacea
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant echinacea
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The earliest that you can plant echinacea 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 echinacea and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your echinacea may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your echinacea indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 6b. We should expect an average low temperature of -5°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember 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. Since half of the time in Zone 6b last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to cover your echinacea in the event of a surprise 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.