When can I plant Achimenes in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Evanston you can estimate when you can plant achimenes by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Achimenes

Frost tolerance for achimenes: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

It's not a good idea to plant achimenes until after the last frost because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant achimenes in Evanston 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 achimenes and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your achimenes may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your achimenes 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 Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your achimenes in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Evanston

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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