When can I plant Roses in Zone 5b

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

You can figure out when it's the best time to plant roses in Zone 5b by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Roses

Frost tolerance for roses: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Roses are moderately cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant roses 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 roses and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your roses may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your roses indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last 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.

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 5b and it can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your roses 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.