When can I plant Dallas Fern in Evanston, IL

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

By using the USDA zone info for Evanston it's a good idea to determine when it's the best time to plant dallas fern.


Planting Calendar for Dallas Fern

Frost tolerance for dallas fern: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Since dallas fern are not cold tolerant it is important to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

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

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Just be sure to remember 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 it frosts late in the year after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your dallas fern 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.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

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