When can I plant Scabiosa in Zone 3b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine 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 earliest that you can plant scabiosa in Zone 3b should be estimated by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Scabiosa

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

Scabiosa are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can start planting them earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant scabiosa 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 scabiosa and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your scabiosa may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your scabiosa indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 3b is just an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 3b there is a last frost after May 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your scabiosa in the event of 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.