When can I plant Gaillardia in Zone 2b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can determine when it's possible to plant gaillardia in Zone 2b by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Gaillardia

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

Since gaillardia are barely cold tolerant you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant gaillardia 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 gaillardia and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your gaillardia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your gaillardia indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 2b the average date of last frost happens on May 15. We should expect an average low temperature of -45°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 2b is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2b there is a last frost after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your gaillardia if we have 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.