When can I plant Cleome in Zone 1b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The best time to plant cleome in Zone 1b should be determined by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Cleome

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

Since cleome are not cold tolerant you have to wait until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant cleome 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 cleome and expect a good harvest is probably July. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your cleome may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your cleome indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 1b the average date of last frost happens on June 15. It might get as low as -55°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 1b is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 1b it frosts late in the year after June 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your cleome if we have one of those late frosts.

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.