When can I plant Sedum in Zone 5b

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about 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 USDA zone info for Zone 5b can be used to estimate when it's a good idea to plant sedum.


Planting Calendar for Sedum

Frost tolerance for sedum: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Sedum are one of those plants that can tolerate quite a bit of cold weather which means that you can start planting them much earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

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

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is 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 USDA zone info for Zone 5b is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your sedum 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.