When can I plant Pansies in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A way of determining when to plant pansies is to consult the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Pansies

Frost tolerance for pansies: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Pansies tend to make it in cold weather which means that you can plant them much earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant pansies 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 pansies and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your pansies may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your pansies indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year 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 it frosts late in the year after April 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your pansies 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.