When can I plant Lotus Vine in Evanston, IL

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

The earliest that you can plant lotus vine in Evanston should be determined by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Lotus Vine

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

Since lotus vine are barely cold tolerant you can plant them slightly earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant lotus vine
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant lotus vine
Probably not a good time to plant lotus vine

The earliest that you can plant lotus vine 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 lotus vine and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your lotus vine may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your lotus vine indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Evanston the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it is different every year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your lotus vine 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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