When can I plant Four O' Clock in Zone 6b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 6b you can figure out when you can plant four o' clock by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Four O' Clock

Frost tolerance for four o' clock: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Four O' Clock are not cold tolerant which means that you need to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant four o' clock
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant four o' clock
Probably not a good time to plant four o' clock

The earliest that you can plant four o' clock 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 four o' clock and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your four o' clock may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your four o' clock indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 6b. We should expect an average low temperature of -5°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6b is an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 6b it frosts late in the year after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your four o' clock 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.