When can I plant Nicotiana in Zone 3b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 3b you can determine when it's the best time to plant nicotiana by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Nicotiana

Frost tolerance for nicotiana: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

You should not plant nicotiana until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer because they do not do well in cold weather.

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A good time to plant nicotiana
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant nicotiana
Probably not a good time to plant nicotiana

The earliest that you can plant nicotiana in Zone 3b 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 nicotiana and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your nicotiana may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your nicotiana indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 3b the average date of last frost happens on May 15. We should expect an average low temperature of -35°F in the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 3b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 3b last frost occurs after May 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your nicotiana if we have one of those late frosts.

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.