When can I plant Fountain Grass in Zone 4b

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

The best time to plant fountain grass in Zone 4b should be estimated by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Fountain Grass

Frost tolerance for fountain grass: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Fountain Grass can survive in mild cold which means that you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant fountain grass 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 fountain grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your fountain grass may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your fountain grass indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on May 15 in Zone 4b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -25°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 4b may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 4b last frost occurs after May 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your fountain grass if we have a 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.