When can I plant Dusty Miller in Zone 2b

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

The USDA zone info for Zone 2b can be used to estimate when it's the best time to plant dusty miller.


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 can survive in 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
Probably not a good time to plant dusty miller

The earliest that you can plant dusty miller in Zone 2b is April. However, you really should wait until May 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 August. If you wait any later than that and your dusty miller may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your dusty miller indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 2b is an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2b it frosts late in the year after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your dusty miller in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.