When can I plant Festuca in East Peoria, 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.

It's possible to determine when it's a good idea to plant festuca by checking out the USDA zone info for East Peoria.


Planting Calendar for Festuca

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

You can plant festuca a little bit earlier in the year because they do well in moderate cold.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant festuca
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant festuca
Probably not a good time to plant festuca

The earliest that you can plant festuca in East Peoria 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 festuca and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your festuca may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your festuca 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 East Peoria. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for East Peoria and it is different every year. Since half of the time in East Peoria we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your festuca if we have one of those late frosts.

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

You may be interested in our other planting guides for East Peoria.