When can I plant Dahlias in Zone 5b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of figuring out when you can plant dahlias is to refer to the USDA zone info for Zone 5b.


Planting Calendar for Dahlias

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

It's not a good idea to plant dahlias until after the last frost has passed because they do not do well in cold weather.

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A good time to plant dahlias
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Probably not a good time to plant dahlias

The earliest that you can plant dahlias 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 dahlias and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your dahlias may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your dahlias indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 5b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 5b is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5b we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your dahlias in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.