When can I plant Dusty Miller 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 most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant dusty miller in Zone 1b should be determined by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Dusty Miller

Frost tolerance for dusty miller: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Dusty Miller do ok in quite a bit of cold which means that you can plant them earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant dusty miller
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant dusty miller
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The earliest that you can plant dusty miller in Zone 1b is May. However, you really should wait until June if you don't want to take any chances.

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

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is June 15 in Zone 1b. We can expect an average low temperature of -55°F in 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. Since half of the time in Zone 1b we get a frost after June 15 be ready to cover your dusty miller in the event of 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.