When can I plant Dracaena in Zone 5b

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

One way of getting a good idea when it's possible to plant dracaena is to consult the USDA zone info for Zone 5b.


Planting Calendar for Dracaena

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

Dracaena can survive in quite a bit of cold which means that you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant dracaena in Zone 5b is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant dracaena and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your dracaena may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your dracaena indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 5b and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5b there is a last frost after April 15 so always be ready to protect your dracaena 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.