When can I plant Black pepper in East Peoria, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea 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.

A way of determining when it's the best time to plant black pepper is to check out the USDA zone info for East Peoria.


Planting Calendar for Black pepper

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

It's probably not a good idea to plant black pepper until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer because they are not cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant black pepper in East Peoria 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 black pepper and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your black pepper may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your black pepper indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in East Peoria. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for East Peoria is just an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in East Peoria it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to cover your black pepper if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for East Peoria

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 East Peoria

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