When can I plant Ruby Grass in Zone 5b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant ruby grass in Zone 5b can be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Ruby Grass

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

Ruby Grass are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather which tells us that you can get them planted just a bit earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant ruby grass 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 ruby grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your ruby grass may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your ruby grass indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 5b is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 5b it frosts late in the year after April 15 so always be ready to protect your ruby grass if we have 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.