When can I plant Lantana in Forest Park, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Forest Park you can figure out when it's possible to plant lantana by referring to the USDA zone info.

Planting Calendar for Lantana

Frost tolerance for lantana: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Lantana do not do well in cold weather which means that you really should wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

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

Last Frost Date

In Forest Park the average date of last frost happens on April 15. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of -10°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Forest Park is just an average our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Forest Park we get a frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your lantana in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Forest Park

Here is the info for USDA Zone 6a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-10°F
Highest Expected Low-5°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -10°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -5°F.

Plants to Grow in Forest Park

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