When can I plant Jerusalem artichokes in Midlothian, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Midlothian should be reviewed to estimate when it's the best time to plant jerusalem artichokes.


Planting Calendar for Jerusalem artichokes

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

Since jerusalem artichokes do well in moderate cold you can plant them a little bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

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

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Midlothian and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Midlothian last frost occurs after April 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your jerusalem artichokes in the event of a surprise late frost.

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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