When can I plant Platycodon in Zone 5b

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating 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 platycodon in Zone 5b can be determined by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Platycodon

Frost tolerance for platycodon: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Platycodon can survive in very little cold which means that you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

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

The last month that you can plant platycodon and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your platycodon may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your platycodon indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 5b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. We can 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 just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to cover your platycodon 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.