When can I plant Lenten Rose in Evanston, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our 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.

The first opportunity to plant lenten rose in Evanston should be estimated by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Lenten Rose

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

You can plant lenten rose a little earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

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A good time to plant lenten rose
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The earliest that you can plant lenten rose 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 lenten rose and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your lenten rose may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your lenten rose indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is just an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your lenten rose if we have a surprise 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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