When can I plant Gayfeather in Zone 1b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out 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.

You can estimate when it's possible to plant gayfeather in Zone 1b by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Gayfeather

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

You can plant gayfeather earlier in the year because they are very cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant gayfeather 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 gayfeather and expect a good harvest is probably July. If you wait any later than that and your gayfeather may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your gayfeather indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is June 15 in Zone 1b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -55°F.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 1b is just an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 1b we get surprised by a frost after June 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your gayfeather in the event of 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.