When can I plant Firebush in Zone 5b

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea 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 opportunity to plant firebush in Zone 5b can be estimated by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Firebush

Frost tolerance for firebush: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Firebush require warm weather which means that you really should wait until it warms up after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant firebush 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 firebush and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your firebush may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your firebush indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 5b. We should expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 5b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your firebush if we have a surprise 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.