When can I plant Dracaena in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

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


Planting Calendar for Dracaena

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

Dracaena do well in cold weather which tells us that you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant dracaena 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 dracaena and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your dracaena may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your dracaena indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is just an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Evanston last frost occurs after April 15 so be sure to be ready to protect your dracaena if we have 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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