When can I plant Elephant Ears 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.

In Zone 1b you can determine when it's possible to plant elephant ears by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Elephant Ears

Frost tolerance for elephant ears: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

It's probably not a good idea to plant elephant ears until after all chance of frost has passed because they do not do well in cold weather.

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

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

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on June 15 in Zone 1b. It might get as low as -55°F during the coldest months of winter.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 1b is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1b last frost occurs after June 15 be ready to cover your elephant ears 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.