When can I plant Cucumbers in Midlothian, 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.

A way of making a decision about when you can plant cucumbers is to consult the USDA zone info for Midlothian.


Planting Calendar for Cucumbers

Frost tolerance for cucumbers: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Cucumbers do not do well in cold weather which means that it's important to wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant cucumbers in Midlothian 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 cucumbers and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your cucumbers may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your cucumbers indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Midlothian and it is different every year. Half of the time in Midlothian we get surprised by a frost after April 15 so be sure to be ready to protect your cucumbers in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Midlothian

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 Midlothian

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