When can I plant Fountain Grass in Zone 6b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can estimate when it's possible to plant fountain grass in Zone 6b by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Fountain Grass

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

Since fountain grass are barely cold tolerant you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant fountain grass
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant fountain grass
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The earliest that you can plant fountain grass in Zone 6b 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 fountain grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your fountain grass may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your fountain grass indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 6b the average date of last frost happens on April 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -5°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 6b is not always accurate our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 6b last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to cover your fountain grass if we have a surprise 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.