When can I plant Baby's Breath in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out 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.

The USDA zone info for Evanston should be looked at to estimate when it's a good idea to plant baby's breath.


Planting Calendar for Baby's Breath

Frost tolerance for baby's breath: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Baby's Breath are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can plant them a little bit earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant baby's breath
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant baby's breath
Probably not a good time to plant baby's breath

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

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your baby's breath in the event of a late frost.

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.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Evanston.