What Zone do I live in?


The zone you live in determines how and what you plant. On the back of every seed packet it will give you planting zones that determine where you live. Zone 1 which is mostly the northern states are the coldest. These places have temperatures below -55F and the warmest which is zone 13 is above 70.F There are 13 Zones that cover the United States. The hottest zones are such as Southern California, Texas and Florida.

United States Zone map
American Horticulture Society Zone Map

Different zones mean different plants. When you live in Southern Florida such as Key West or Miami , then you know tropical plants would grow in these locations, there are longer days of sun and temperatures don’t normally fall below 65 degrees, Papayas, Oranges, and orchids grow great in these climates. Northern states which have a shorter growing season have plants that die back and go dormant during cold weather such as snow.

Frost

Frost Can damage plants by freezing them so these plants don’t normally don’t make it. For every 1,000 ft rise in altitude the average temperatures will drop 1 degree, This makes moutains naturally colder. While visiting Salt Lake City in April, my daughter and I had the luxury of being able to go and see snow up in the mountains, that was a big change for us being From Florida.

Drought

Drought, this is becoming more and more of a issue as it gets hotter each year. Plants are able to keep their cells inflated with water therefore they wilt. If you have too much water then the roots rot , You can help these plants by of course watering and improving the soils. Plants vary as to how much water they need cactus and succulents only need a sparse amount compared to Bulbs which depending on growing or living in water.

Drought , dry dirt

Sunlight

Sunlight Every plant needs some type of light some need a lot more then others, Day length is a factor when choosing plants, This is the case of your zone you live in Some states get more daylight hours then others. Some plants require full sun which means planting to where they receive more then 7 hours of daylight on them, Shade plants such as hostas require light but not direct sun it will burn their leaves. On the label of each plant or seed packet it will instruct you on how much sun Most of these tags are Shade, Partial shade, partial sun or full sun.

sunlight coming through sunflowers

Wind

The wind is a factor when planting hedges, trees, and shrubs. The zone you live in plays a big part of this There are more locations in teh United States that are more windier then others living on teh coast compared to in the middle of the midwest. Some plants need more support and protection such as bananas, some fruit tress and ornamental hedged, These plants will be damaged when large amount of wind are on them. Having a wall or a fence can force the wind over these structures and be rough on the plants, The best windbreak are trees and shrubs it allows the wind to reduce and slow down being ir s apourus barrier, Having these windbreaks are perfect they stop cold air from forming frost pockets. Hedges help in yards because they filter the wind and sounds from the other side of them.

when you are deciding to plant trees, vegetables or plants in your yard think of these factors of your zone you live in, Water, Sunlight and Wind You’ll save money in the long run by planting what grows best in your area.

Happy Planting.:)

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