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Basil Growing Season for New York

The NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides information to the public about spring and fall frost dates in the United States and the length of the expected growing season for each area. These statistics are calculated using data collected from 1971 to 2000, across 4300 weather stations located in every part of the country.

While informative, the statistics that NOAA provides is overwhelming. So, we took the liberty of extracting the most basic information that we feel would be useful to someone interested in growing basil outdoors.

The table below lists the date after which it should be safe to plant basil outdoors in each area of the state. This information is based on NOAA’s calculations for a 10% probability of temperatures falling below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that, on average, there is only a 10% chance that you will see frost after this date. Also listed is the estimated length of the growing season. This is how many days you can expect to have before the risk of frost is greater than 10%.

Please use this information at your own risk. You must take into consideration many varying factors, for example, micro-climates or the presence of valleys and bodies of water, to determine your actual growing season.

StateCountyLast Frost DateLength of Growing Season
NYAlbany6/1483
NYAllegany6/2069
NYBroome6/04111
NYCattaraugus6/2177
NYCayuga6/02113
NYChautauqua6/2577
NYChemung6/09103
NYChenango6/1680
NYClinton6/1195
NYColumbia5/28119
NYCortland5/31118
NYDelaware6/1688
NYDutchess5/28116
NYErie6/1986
NYEssex7/0451
NYFulton6/03108
NYGenesee6/02112
NYHamilton7/0155
NYHerkimer6/1192
NYJefferson6/05111
NYKings4/21187
NYLewis6/1679
NYLivingston6/08101
NYMadison6/2477
NYMonroe5/28120
NYNassau5/05160
NYNew York4/24187
NYOneida5/30114
NYOnondaga5/24121
NYOntario5/26125
NYOrange5/28119
NYOrleans6/02117
NYOswego5/26126
NYOtsego6/1979
NYQueens4/19191
NYRensselaer6/06105
NYSaratoga6/0898
NYSt. Lawrence6/2269
NYSteuben6/2479
NYSuffolk5/21137
NYSullivan6/1489
NYTompkins6/1589
NYUlster5/14140
NYWarren6/1479
NYWashington5/27123
NYWayne6/05115
NYWestchester5/14141
NYWyoming6/1096
NYYates5/28120