When can I plant New Zealand spinach in Zone 6b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the 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.

The USDA zone info for Zone 6b should be looked at to estimate when you can plant new zealand spinach.


Planting Calendar for New Zealand spinach

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

New Zealand spinach do well in a little bit of cold which means that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant new zealand spinach
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant new zealand spinach
Probably not a good time to plant new zealand spinach

The earliest that you can plant new zealand spinach 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 new zealand spinach and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your new zealand spinach may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your new zealand spinach indoors.

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.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6b is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6b we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your new zealand spinach 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.