When can I plant Bachelor Buttons in Zone 3b

One of the first steps we take when we are determining 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.

One way of figuring out when it's the best time to plant bachelor buttons is to look at the USDA zone info for Zone 3b.


Planting Calendar for Bachelor Buttons

Frost tolerance for bachelor buttons: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since bachelor buttons do well in moderate cold you can plant them a little earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant bachelor buttons
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant bachelor buttons
Probably not a good time to plant bachelor buttons

The earliest that you can plant bachelor buttons in Zone 3b is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant bachelor buttons and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your bachelor buttons may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your bachelor buttons indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 3b the average date of last frost happens on May 15. It might get as low as -35°F during the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 3b and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 3b we get surprised by a frost after May 15 so always be ready to cover your bachelor buttons if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 3b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 3b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-35°F
Highest Expected Low-30°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -35°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -30°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 3b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 3b.