When can I plant Violas in East Peoria, IL

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

By looking at the USDA zone info for East Peoria you will be able to determine when you can plant violas.


Planting Calendar for Violas

Frost tolerance for violas: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Since violas do well in cold you can plant them much earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant violas 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 violas and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your violas may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your violas indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that USDA zone info for East Peoria is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in East Peoria we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your violas 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.

Plants to Grow in East Peoria

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