When can I plant Iceberg lettuce in Zone 6b

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our 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.

One way of estimating when it's the best time to plant iceberg lettuce is to examine the USDA zone info for Zone 6b.


Planting Calendar for Iceberg lettuce

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

Iceberg lettuce do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can plant them slightly earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant iceberg lettuce 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 iceberg lettuce and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your iceberg lettuce may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your iceberg lettuce indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 6b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. 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 changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 6b there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your iceberg lettuce 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.