When can I plant Lobelia in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate 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.

You should be able to determine when it's a good idea to plant lobelia by using the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Lobelia

Frost tolerance for lobelia: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

You can plant lobelia much earlier in the year because they are very cold tolerant.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant lobelia
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant lobelia
Probably not a good time to plant lobelia

The earliest that you can plant lobelia 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 lobelia and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your lobelia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your lobelia indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is not always accurate our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your lobelia in the event of 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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