When can I plant Lithospermum in Zone 4b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine 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.

You should be able to estimate when it's a good idea to plant lithospermum by checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 4b.


Planting Calendar for Lithospermum

Frost tolerance for lithospermum: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's probably a bad idea to plant lithospermum until after the last frost has passed because they are not cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant lithospermum in Zone 4b 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 lithospermum and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your lithospermum may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your lithospermum indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 4b and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 4b it frosts late in the year after May 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your lithospermum 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.