When can I plant Xerianthemum in Zone 5b

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

It's possible to figure out when it's the best time to plant xerianthemum by checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 5b.


Planting Calendar for Xerianthemum

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

Xerianthemum tend to make it in a tiny bit of cold which means that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant xerianthemum 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 xerianthemum and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your xerianthemum may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your xerianthemum indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks 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.

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 5b and it is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your xerianthemum 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.