When can I plant Dallas Fern in Zone 5b

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

The first opportunity to plant dallas fern in Zone 5b can be figured out by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Dallas Fern

Frost tolerance for dallas fern: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Dallas Fern require warm weather which means that you must wait until it warms up after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant dallas fern 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 dallas fern and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your dallas fern may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your dallas fern indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks 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.

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 5b and it will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your dallas fern if we have 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.