When can I plant Verbena in East Peoria, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our 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.

The first chance to plant verbena in East Peoria can be figured out by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Verbena

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

Verbena do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can start planting them slightly earlier than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant verbena 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 verbena and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your verbena may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your verbena indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In East Peoria the average date of last frost happens on April 15. We should expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to 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 will vary from year to year. Half of the time in East Peoria we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so be sure to be ready to protect your verbena in the event of 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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