When can I plant Bell Peppers in Zone 5b

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant bell peppers in Zone 5b should be determined by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bell Peppers

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

Bell Peppers require warm weather which tells us that it is important to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant bell peppers in Zone 5b 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 bell peppers and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your bell peppers may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your bell peppers indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Zone 5b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 5b is an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5b we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so always be ready to cover your bell peppers in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 5b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 5b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 5b.