When can I plant Bishop's Weed in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out 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.

You should be able to determine when it's a good idea to plant bishop's weed by looking at the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Bishop's Weed

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

Bishop's Weed are one of those plants that can tolerate quite a bit of cold weather which tells us that you can start planting them much earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant bishop's weed 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 bishop's weed and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your bishop's weed may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your bishop's weed indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get surprised by a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your bishop's weed 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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