When can I plant Lemon grass in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out 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 checking out the USDA zone info for Evanston you should be able to estimate when it's a good idea to plant lemon grass.


Planting Calendar for Lemon grass

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

Lemon grass do ok in mild cold which means that you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant lemon grass
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant lemon grass
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The earliest that you can plant lemon grass 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 lemon grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your lemon grass may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your lemon grass indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston last frost occurs after April 15 so always be ready to cover your lemon grass 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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