When can I plant Stevia 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 zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Evanston it's possible to estimate when it's a good idea to plant stevia.


Planting Calendar for Stevia

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

It's not a good idea to plant stevia until after the last frost because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant stevia 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 stevia and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your stevia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your stevia indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks 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.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Evanston is an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to cover your stevia if we have 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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