When can I plant Dusty Miller 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.

By reviewing the USDA zone info for Evanston you will be able to estimate when you can plant dusty miller.


Planting Calendar for Dusty Miller

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

Dusty Miller are very cold tolerant which tells us that you can plant them a quite a bit earlier than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant dusty miller
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant dusty miller
Probably not a good time to plant dusty miller

The earliest that you can plant dusty miller 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 dusty miller and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your dusty miller may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your dusty miller indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is 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 USDA zone info for Evanston may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your dusty miller if we have 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.

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