When can I plant Painted Tongues in Midlothian, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea 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.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Midlothian you should be able to figure out when it's a good idea to plant painted tongues.


Planting Calendar for Painted Tongues

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

Painted Tongues do not do well in cold weather which tells us that you must wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant painted tongues 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 painted tongues and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your painted tongues may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your painted tongues indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Midlothian. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Midlothian is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Midlothian there is a last frost after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to cover your painted tongues if we have 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

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