When can I plant Sweet Peas in East Peoria, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the 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.

One way of making a decision about when you can plant sweet peas is to use the USDA zone info for East Peoria.


Planting Calendar for Sweet Peas

Frost tolerance for sweet peas: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Since sweet peas are barely cold tolerant you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant sweet peas
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant sweet peas
Probably not a good time to plant sweet peas

The earliest that you can plant sweet peas in East Peoria is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant sweet peas and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your sweet peas may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your sweet peas indoors.

Last Frost Date

In East Peoria the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate 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 sweet peas 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

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