When can I plant Sweet Potato Vine 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 figure out when to plant sweet potato vine by looking at the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Sweet Potato Vine

Frost tolerance for sweet potato vine: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

You can not plant sweet potato vine until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer because they require warm weather.

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A good time to plant sweet potato vine
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant sweet potato vine
Probably not a good time to plant sweet potato vine

The earliest that you can plant sweet potato vine 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 sweet potato vine and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your sweet potato vine may not have a chance to fully mature. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your sweet potato vine indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston we get a frost after April 15 so be sure to be ready to protect your sweet potato vine 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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