When can I plant Scarlet Runner Beans in Zone 7b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A way of determining when it's the best time to plant scarlet runner beans is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 7b.


Planting Calendar for Scarlet Runner Beans

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

Since scarlet runner beans do not do well in cold weather it's necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant scarlet runner beans
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant scarlet runner beans
Probably not a good time to plant scarlet runner beans

The earliest that you can plant scarlet runner beans 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 scarlet runner beans and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your scarlet runner beans may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your scarlet runner beans indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 7b. It might get as low as 5°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 7b may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 7b we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your scarlet runner beans if we have one of those late frosts.

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.