When can I plant Iceberg lettuce in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Evanston it's possible to determine when it's possible to plant iceberg lettuce.


Planting Calendar for Iceberg lettuce

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

Since iceberg lettuce are barely cold tolerant you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant iceberg lettuce
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant iceberg lettuce
Probably not a good time to plant iceberg lettuce

The earliest that you can plant iceberg lettuce 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 iceberg lettuce and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your iceberg lettuce may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your iceberg lettuce 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 can expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Evanston is just an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 so always be ready to cover your iceberg lettuce 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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