When can I plant Heliotrope in Prospect Heights, IL

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out 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 heliotrope in Prospect Heights can be estimated by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Heliotrope

Frost tolerance for heliotrope: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Since heliotrope are not cold tolerant it's important to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant heliotrope
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Probably not a good time to plant heliotrope

The earliest that you can plant heliotrope in Prospect Heights 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 heliotrope and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your heliotrope may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your heliotrope indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Prospect Heights the average date of last frost happens on April 15. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Prospect Heights may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Prospect Heights last frost occurs after April 15 so just be sure to be ready to cover your heliotrope if we have one of those late frosts.

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

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