When can I plant Flower-of-an-Hour in Zone 4b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 4b can be looked at to estimate when it's a good idea to plant flower-of-an-hour.


Planting Calendar for Flower-of-an-Hour

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

Flower-of-an-Hour do ok in mild cold which tells us that you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant flower-of-an-hour
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant flower-of-an-hour
Probably not a good time to plant flower-of-an-hour

The earliest that you can plant flower-of-an-hour in Zone 4b is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant flower-of-an-hour and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your flower-of-an-hour may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your flower-of-an-hour indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 4b the average date of last frost happens on May 15. We can expect an average low temperature of -25°F in the coldest months of winter.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 4b and it is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 4b we get surprised by a frost after May 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your flower-of-an-hour if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 4b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 4b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-25°F
Highest Expected Low-20°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -25°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 4b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 4b.