When can I plant Gayfeather in Manteno, IL

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

A way of getting a good idea when it's the best time to plant gayfeather is to examine the USDA zone info for Manteno.


Planting Calendar for Gayfeather

Frost tolerance for gayfeather: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Since gayfeather do well in cold you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant gayfeather in Manteno 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 gayfeather and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your gayfeather may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your gayfeather indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Manteno and it changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Manteno it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your gayfeather if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Manteno

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 Manteno

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