When can I plant Hardy Hibiscus in East Peoria, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You will be able to estimate when it's a good idea to plant hardy hibiscus by referring to the USDA zone info for East Peoria.


Planting Calendar for Hardy Hibiscus

Frost tolerance for hardy hibiscus: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Hardy Hibiscus tend to make it in quite a bit of cold which means that you can plant them much earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant hardy hibiscus 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 hardy hibiscus and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your hardy hibiscus may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your hardy hibiscus indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost has passed is on April 15 in East Peoria. We should expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for East Peoria is an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in East Peoria we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your hardy hibiscus if we have a surprise 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

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