When can I plant Firebush in Zone 6b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine 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 opportunity to plant firebush in Zone 6b can be determined by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Firebush

Frost tolerance for firebush: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

Since firebush are not cold tolerant you really should wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant firebush in Zone 6b is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant firebush and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your firebush may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your firebush indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 6b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -5°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 6b may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 6b it frosts late in the year after April 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your firebush in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 6b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 6b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-5°F
Highest Expected Low0°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -5°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 0°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 6b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 6b.