When can I plant Tagetes in Prospect Heights, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant tagetes in Prospect Heights should be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Tagetes

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

Since tagetes require warm weather it is necessary to wait until after the last frost before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant tagetes 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 tagetes and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your tagetes may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your tagetes indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Prospect Heights. We can expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Prospect Heights is not always accurate our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Prospect Heights it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to cover your tagetes in the event of a surprise 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.