When can I plant Lovage in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant lovage in Evanston can be estimated by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Lovage

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

You can plant lovage just a tiny bit earlier in the year because they are barely cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant lovage 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 lovage and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your lovage may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your lovage indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 so always be ready to protect your lovage in the event of 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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