When can I plant Lunaria in Evanston, IL

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

You can estimate when to plant lunaria in Evanston by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Lunaria

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

Lunaria are moderately cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant lunaria 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 lunaria and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your lunaria may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your lunaria indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Evanston the average date of last frost happens on April 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

It's important to 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. Since half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 be ready to cover your lunaria 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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