When can I plant Radicchio 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.

It's a good idea to estimate when it's a good idea to plant radicchio by using the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Radicchio

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

Radicchio are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which means that you can start planting them earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

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

Last Frost Date

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

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 last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to protect your radicchio if we have 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

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