When can I plant New Zealand spinach in Geneva, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Geneva you can estimate when you can plant new zealand spinach by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for New Zealand spinach

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

New Zealand spinach are moderately cold tolerant which means that you can get them planted earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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The earliest that you can plant new zealand spinach in Geneva 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 new zealand spinach and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your new zealand spinach may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your new zealand spinach indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Geneva. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Geneva is just an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Geneva we get a frost after April 15 so always be ready to protect your new zealand spinach if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Geneva

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 Geneva

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Geneva.