When can I plant Welsh onion in Cary, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate 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 earliest that you can plant welsh onion in Cary should be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Welsh onion

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

Since welsh onion are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant welsh onion
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant welsh onion
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The earliest that you can plant welsh onion in Cary 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 welsh onion and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your welsh onion may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your welsh onion 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 Cary. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Cary is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Cary we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your welsh onion if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Cary

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 Cary

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Cary.