When can I plant Hosta in East Peoria, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out 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.

A way of making a decision about when it's a good idea to plant hosta is to use the USDA zone info for East Peoria.


Planting Calendar for Hosta

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

You can plant hosta a little bit earlier in the year because they are moderately cold tolerant.

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

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

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in East Peoria. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for East Peoria may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in East Peoria it frosts late in the year after April 15 so always be ready to cover your hosta 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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