When can I plant Pampas Grass in Zone 6b

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea 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 first chance to plant pampas grass in Zone 6b should be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Pampas Grass

Frost tolerance for pampas grass: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

It's not a good idea to plant pampas grass until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant pampas grass 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 pampas grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your pampas grass may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your pampas grass indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 6b. 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 an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 6b we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your pampas grass if we have 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.