When can I plant Snapdragons 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.

The best time to plant snapdragons in Evanston can be figured out by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Snapdragons

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

Snapdragons do well in a little bit of cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

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

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Remember that USDA zone info for Evanston is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to protect your snapdragons 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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