When can I plant Endive in Braidwood, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our 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.

In Braidwood you can determine when it's the best time to plant endive by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Endive

Frost tolerance for endive: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since endive are moderately cold tolerant you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant endive in Braidwood is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant endive and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your endive may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your endive indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Braidwood the average date of last frost happens on April 15. We should expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Braidwood is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Braidwood we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your endive in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Braidwood

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Braidwood

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