Plants Dying? Know your
Planting / Gardening Zones
zones or planting zones, as they
are also known as, show you what will grow in your area. Knowing what
grow in what area and which plants are hardy and tolerant of your local
climate conditions will save you a lot of money that you may well have
wasted planting unsuitable plants out in your area.
So many people fall in
love with the look of the plant, without
realizing that no matter how beautiful it looks in a nursery, or
online, it just won't do well in your particular area because of the
climatic conditions of where you live.
check out the
gardening zones for your area
with this USDA Planting Zone
Map and see if your chosen plants will thrive in your garden.
To make thing easier, there is a planting zone map below which
you the average temperatures of each area.
Zones and Other Factors to Consider
If you want to be
successful in creating a lovely garden you will need to think beyond
what planting zone you live in.
You will also have to take into
consideration the following:
1) Do you
live in a micro-climate within a main planting zone?
warm is your soil when you want to begin planting after the dangers of
the winter frost have passed?
are your average last spring and early fall frost dates? and How
hardy are the plants you have chosen?
long is your growing season during which your plants will grow and
mature before they are established to face the onslaught of winter?
plants will depend on a number of factors such as:
content of roots when the frosts started
experienced the previous summer
the temperatures are average during the winter
want to know more about plant hardiness for shrubs, trees and
perennials, rather than annuals that only last one season. They want to
know if the plants will do well in the gardens year after year.
your gardening zones and plant hardiness
for each zone is very
important to growing success because your planting zones are based on
average first and last frost date of a given area.
Once the dangers of
frost have passed in your area, then it is time to plant.
the planting zone map to determine which zone you live in and
look for plants that will grow only in that gardening zone.
you visit your nursery, or order online, a variety marked "Zones
example, should grow and thrive in zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
you will also see that in some states, there can be more than 2
4 garden zones! Zones 3,
you live in the British Isles,
your garden zone will be mostly zone 8,
except for London which is zone
which is zone 7
and the western and southern coastlines
which are both zone 9.
you live in Canada, there are
gardening zones, the
harshest being 0 and the mildest is
what do these numbers mean exactly?
basically it shows the temperatures of the country where red is the
warmest regions and blue is the coldest.
this still doesn't
really tell us what the average temperatures are for each planting
This is why, when you buy plants for your particular garden zone it may
turn out that these plants don't do very well because the climate is
not quite right for it to thrive.
addition, in your own gardens, the surrounding buildings and trees can
actually create a microclimate in your garden where you might be able
to grow some plants that aren't usually grown in your area.
I have planted
in my garden just 4 feet apart - same plants,
same preparation, but one lot had more shade than the other, and the
growth of each set of plants was woefully different.
for Gardening Zones
60 to minus 50 degrees F.
50 to minus40 degrees F.
40 to minus 30 degrees F.
30 to minus 20 degrees F.
20 to minus 10 degrees F.
10 to 0 degrees F.
to 10 degrees F.
to 20 degrees F.
to 30 degrees F.
to 40 degrees F.
to 50 degrees F.
to 60 degrees F
to 70 degrees F
from from above table you can see that the higher zone numbers, the
warmer the climate. It just takes into consideration the average high
and low temperatures but does not take into consideration humidity
this temperature table for the various zones shows you is the
minimum temperatures plants
will tolerate in winter.
plants and vegetables from your local nursery is one way to guarantee
that you are buying plants that will do well in your area.
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