When can I plant Peanut in Zone 5b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The best time to plant peanut in Zone 5b should be estimated by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Peanut

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

Peanut require warm weather which tells us that it is important to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant peanut
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant peanut
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The earliest that you can plant peanut 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 peanut and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your peanut may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your peanut indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on April 15 in Zone 5b. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 5b and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5b it frosts late in the year after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your peanut 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.