When can I plant Jerusalem artichokes in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out 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.

In Evanston you can estimate when it's a good idea to plant jerusalem artichokes by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Jerusalem artichokes

Frost tolerance for jerusalem artichokes: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Jerusalem artichokes tend to make it in a little bit of cold which means that you can plant them a little earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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A good time to plant jerusalem artichokes
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The earliest that you can plant jerusalem artichokes in Evanston is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

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

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Evanston may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your jerusalem artichokes 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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