When can I plant Sweet Peas in Hinsdale, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant sweet peas in Hinsdale can be figured out by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Sweet Peas

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

Sweet Peas do ok in very little cold which tells us that you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant sweet peas in Hinsdale 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 sweet peas and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your sweet peas may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your sweet peas indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Hinsdale the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Hinsdale may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Hinsdale we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your sweet peas in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Hinsdale

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 Hinsdale

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