When can I plant Carnation in Prospect Heights, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Prospect Heights should be reviewed to figure out when to plant carnation.


Planting Calendar for Carnation

Frost tolerance for carnation: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Carnation tend to make it in a bit of cold which means that you can plant them much earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant carnation in Prospect Heights 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 carnation and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your carnation may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your carnation indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Prospect Heights. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Prospect Heights is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Half of the time in Prospect Heights it frosts late in the year after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to cover your carnation if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Prospect Heights

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 Prospect Heights

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Prospect Heights.