When can I plant Xerianthemum in Zone 2b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the 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.

The first chance to plant xerianthemum in Zone 2b can be figured out by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Xerianthemum

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

Xerianthemum do ok in moderate cold which means that you can start planting them slightly earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant xerianthemum
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The earliest that you can plant xerianthemum 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 xerianthemum and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your xerianthemum may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your xerianthemum indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

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 an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 2b we get a frost after May 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your xerianthemum 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.