When can I plant Oregano in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can determine when it's a good idea to plant oregano in Evanston by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Oregano

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

Since oregano are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather you can plant them a little earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant oregano 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 oregano and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your oregano may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your oregano indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember 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. Since half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your oregano 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.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

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