When can I plant Myosotis in Evanston, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

By referring to the USDA zone info for Evanston it's a good idea to figure out when to plant myosotis.


Planting Calendar for Myosotis

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

Myosotis are moderately cold tolerant which means that you can get them planted earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant myosotis 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 myosotis and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your myosotis may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your myosotis indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Evanston. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Evanston and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your myosotis in the event of 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.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Evanston.