When can I plant Common hollyhock in Zone 3b

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.

One way of getting a good idea when to plant common hollyhock is to examine the USDA zone info for Zone 3b.


Planting Calendar for Common hollyhock

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

Since common hollyhock do well in moderate cold you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant common hollyhock
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The earliest that you can plant common hollyhock 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 common hollyhock and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your common hollyhock may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your common hollyhock indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is May 15 in Zone 3b. 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 just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 3b and it can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 3b it frosts late in the year after May 15 so make sure that you are ready to cover your common hollyhock in the event of a surprise 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.