When can I plant Stevia in East Peoria, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant stevia in East Peoria can be estimated by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Stevia

Frost tolerance for stevia: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

You really shouldn't plant stevia until after all chance of frost has passed because they are not cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant stevia 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 stevia and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your stevia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your stevia indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for East Peoria is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in East Peoria last frost occurs after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your stevia 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.

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