When can I plant Peonies in Zone 1b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The earliest that you can plant peonies in Zone 1b can be determined by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Peonies

Frost tolerance for peonies: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Since peonies do ok in moderate cold you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant peonies 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 peonies and expect a good harvest is probably July. Any later than that and your peonies may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your peonies indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on June 15 in Zone 1b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -55°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 1b is an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1b there is a last frost after June 15 be ready to protect your peonies 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.