When can I plant Fountain Grass in Peru, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The earliest that you can plant fountain grass in Peru should be determined by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Fountain Grass

Frost tolerance for fountain grass: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Fountain Grass do well in a tiny bit of cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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A good time to plant fountain grass
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant fountain grass
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The earliest that you can plant fountain grass in Peru is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant fountain grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your fountain grass may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your fountain grass 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 Peru. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Peru and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Peru it frosts late in the year after April 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your fountain grass if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Peru

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 Peru

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