When can I plant Bell Peppers in Zone 1b

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating 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.

The earliest that you can plant bell peppers in Zone 1b should be estimated by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bell Peppers

Frost tolerance for bell peppers: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Bell Peppers do not do well in cold weather which tells us that you must wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant bell peppers
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The earliest that you can plant bell peppers in Zone 1b is June. However, you really should wait until July if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant bell peppers and expect a good harvest is probably July. Any later than that and your bell peppers may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your bell peppers indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 1b the average date of last frost happens on June 15. We can expect an average low temperature of -55°F in the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 1b is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1b last frost occurs after June 15 be ready to protect your bell peppers if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-55°F
Highest Expected Low-50°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -55°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -50°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 1b.