When can I plant Fuchsia in Evanston, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's possible to figure out when it's a good idea to plant fuchsia by checking out the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Fuchsia

Frost tolerance for fuchsia: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

You really shouldn't plant fuchsia until after the last frost has passed because they require warm weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant fuchsia
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant fuchsia
Probably not a good time to plant fuchsia

The earliest that you can plant fuchsia 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 fuchsia and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your fuchsia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your fuchsia indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Evanston. We can expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to protect your fuchsia 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.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

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