When can I plant Lovage in Zone 6b

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out 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.

A way of figuring out when it's the best time to plant lovage is to examine the USDA zone info for Zone 6b.


Planting Calendar for Lovage

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

Lovage do well in mild cold which means that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant lovage 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 lovage and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your lovage may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your lovage indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on April 15 in Zone 6b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -5°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6b is not always accurate 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 make sure that you are ready to cover your lovage in the event of 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.