When can I plant Four-o-clock flower in Evanston, IL

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

The first opportunity to plant four-o-clock flower in Evanston should be figured out by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Four-o-clock flower

Frost tolerance for four-o-clock flower: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

Four-o-clock flower require warm weather which means that you have to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant four-o-clock flower
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant four-o-clock flower
Probably not a good time to plant four-o-clock flower

The earliest that you can plant four-o-clock flower 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 four-o-clock flower and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your four-o-clock flower may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your four-o-clock flower indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Evanston the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

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 last frost occurs after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your four-o-clock flower 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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