When can I plant Primroses in Zone 4b

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our 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.

In Zone 4b you can determine when it's possible to plant primroses by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Primroses

Frost tolerance for primroses: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Since primroses are very cold tolerant you can plant them a lot earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant primroses in Zone 4b 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 primroses and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your primroses may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your primroses indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

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 is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 4b we get a frost after May 15 be ready to protect your primroses in the event of 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.