When can I plant Banana in Zone 7b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant banana in Zone 7b can be figured out by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Banana

Frost tolerance for banana: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Banana require warm weather which tells us that it is necessary to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant banana in Zone 7b 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 banana and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your banana may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your banana indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Zone 7b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 5°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 7b 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 7b it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to cover your banana if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 7b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 7b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low5°F
Highest Expected Low10°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 10°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 7b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 7b.