When can I plant Watermelon in Naperville, 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.

You will be able to estimate when it's the best time to plant watermelon by referring to the USDA zone info for Naperville.

Planting Calendar for Watermelon

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

Since watermelon require warm weather you must wait until after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant watermelon in Naperville 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 watermelon and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your watermelon may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your watermelon indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that USDA zone info for Naperville is just an average and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Naperville we get a frost after April 15 be ready to protect your watermelon if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Naperville

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.

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