When can I plant Welsh onion in Evanston, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's a good idea to determine when it's the best time to plant welsh onion by reviewing the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Welsh onion

Frost tolerance for welsh onion: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Since welsh onion are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant welsh onion
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant welsh onion
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The earliest that you can plant welsh onion in Evanston is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant welsh onion and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your welsh onion may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your welsh onion indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Evanston. We should expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Evanston is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Evanston there is a last frost after April 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your welsh onion 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.

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