When can I plant Tropical Water Plants in Zone 2b

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's possible to figure out when you can plant tropical water plants by using the USDA zone info for Zone 2b.


Planting Calendar for Tropical Water Plants

Frost tolerance for tropical water plants: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

It's probably a bad idea to plant tropical water plants until after the last frost because they do not do well in cold weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant tropical water plants
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant tropical water plants
Probably not a good time to plant tropical water plants

The earliest that you can plant tropical water plants 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 tropical water plants and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your tropical water plants may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your tropical water plants indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on May 15 in Zone 2b. We should expect an average low temperature of -45°F in the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 2b is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 2b last frost occurs after May 15 be ready to protect your tropical water plants 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.