Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 5, 2017 | Comments Off on All About Planting in Your Zone
Many factors affect a plant’s health and well-being – temperature being one of the most important. In order to sustain the life of your new plants, finding your zone is key. Planting for your zone will ensure that your plants thrive in your local region.
USDA Hardiness Zones
The USDA has developed a plant hardiness zone map, which designates when and where specific plants can survive. The US is broken down into 11 zones, 1 being the coldest, and 11 being the warmest.
For example, Regent Homes headquarters of Nashville, Tennessee is designated as Zone 7a, meaning our average annual extreme minimum temperature is 0 to 5 degrees.
We would then use this information to pick the proper plants that would have the best chance of survival in our winter weather.
Plant tags and seed packages designate hardiness zones, which help you determine if the plant is suitable to survive your winter.
Want to find your zone? Visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone website, enter your zip code, and learn more.
Knowing your zone is key, as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is the standard across the US.
AHS Plant Heat Zone Map
While winter weather is important in determining plant survival, heat plays a crucial role as well. The American Horticultural Society developed a Plant Heat Zone map, which establishes heat tolerance.
The map breaks the US down into 12 zones, based on heat days – temperatures over 86 degrees. This is the point that plants begin to suffer heat damage.
Similar to Hardiness Zones, many plant tags are also coded for heat zones. Heat zones can be used to establish heat tolerance, and the proper season for which a plant should be planted outdoors.
Finding the Right Plants
Now that you have a better understanding of hardiness and heat zones, how do you establish which plants are right for you?
If you have questions on what plants are best for your zone, your local nursery is a great place to start. Plant tags often designate cold and heat hardiness zones. Experts can also assist in picking the best plants for your needs.
Looking to start your search online? The Missouri Botanical Gardens provides a comprehensive search tool that allows you to input key information, such as: zone, sun, water, bloom time, and more. Enter your criteria, and find what plants work best for you. To find your plants, visit the Plant Finder page on their website.
Planting for your zone may sound complicated, but choosing the best plants ensures health and longevity. Enjoy the spring, and see how planting for your zone can benefit your home garden!