When can I plant Basket of Gold in Evanston, IL

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

The earliest that you can plant basket of gold in Evanston should be determined by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Basket of Gold

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

Basket of Gold do ok in pretty solid cold which tells us that you can plant them much earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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The earliest that you can plant basket of gold 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 basket of gold and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your basket of gold may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your basket of gold indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your basket of gold 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.

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