When can I plant Snap beans 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.

The earliest that you can plant snap beans in Zone 6b can be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Snap beans

Frost tolerance for snap beans: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Snap beans do not do well in cold weather which tells us that it is necessary to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant snap beans
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant snap beans
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The earliest that you can plant snap beans 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 snap beans and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your snap beans may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your snap beans indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 6b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -5°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6b is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6b we get a frost after April 15 so always be ready to cover your snap beans in the event of a 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.