When can I plant Turnips in East Peoria, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea 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.

By checking out the USDA zone info for East Peoria it's possible to estimate when it's possible to plant turnips.


Planting Calendar for Turnips

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

You should not plant turnips until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant turnips 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 turnips and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your turnips may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your turnips indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in East Peoria. We can expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for East Peoria may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in East Peoria we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so always be ready to protect your turnips in the event of 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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