When can I plant Banana in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The best time to plant banana in Evanston should be figured out by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Banana

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

Banana are not cold tolerant which tells us that it is necessary to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant banana 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 banana and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your banana may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your banana indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Evanston is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your banana in the event of a surprise 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.

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