When can I plant Cleome in Zone 2b

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our 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 2b can be determined by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Cleome

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

Cleome do not do well in cold weather which means that it is important to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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The earliest that you can plant cleome in Zone 2b 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 cleome and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your cleome may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your cleome indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on May 15 in Zone 2b. We should expect an average low temperature of -45°F in the coldest months of winter.

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 2b and it changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 2b last frost occurs after May 15 be ready to protect your cleome in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 2b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 2b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)August 15
Lowest Expected Low-45°F
Highest Expected Low-40°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -45°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -40°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 2b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 2b.