When can I plant Oxalis in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine 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.

A way of estimating when it's the best time to plant oxalis is to examine the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Oxalis

Frost tolerance for oxalis: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since oxalis are not cold tolerant you need to wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant oxalis in Evanston is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant oxalis and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your oxalis may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your oxalis indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your oxalis 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.

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