When can I plant Gazania in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine 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 determine when you can plant gazania.


Planting Calendar for Gazania

Frost tolerance for gazania: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Gazania are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather which tells us that you can start planting them slightly earlier than more sensitive plants.

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The earliest that you can plant gazania in Evanston is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant gazania and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your gazania may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your gazania indoors.

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.

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it is different every year. Since half of the time in Evanston last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to protect your gazania in the event of 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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