When can I plant Bunching Onions in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate 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 can figure out when you can plant bunching onions in Evanston by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bunching Onions

Frost tolerance for bunching onions: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Since bunching onions are barely cold tolerant you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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The earliest that you can plant bunching onions in Evanston is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant bunching onions and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your bunching onions may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your bunching onions indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks 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 can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your bunching onions 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.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

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