When can I plant Periwinkles in Zone 5b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's a good idea to figure out when it's possible to plant periwinkles by looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 5b.


Planting Calendar for Periwinkles

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

Since periwinkles do not do well in cold weather it's necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant periwinkles 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 periwinkles and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your periwinkles may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your periwinkles indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average 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 last frost occurs after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your periwinkles 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.