When can I plant Indian cress in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

By looking at the USDA zone info for Evanston you will be able to determine when you can plant indian cress.


Planting Calendar for Indian cress

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

Indian cress do not do well in cold weather which means that you need to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant indian cress
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant indian cress
Probably not a good time to plant indian cress

The earliest that you can plant indian cress 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 indian cress and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your indian cress may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your indian cress indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Evanston the average date of last frost happens on April 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Evanston is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your indian cress 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.

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