Good News! I am now a Zone 7!

pcanJanuary 20, 2012

Didn't move, just did the research for myself rather than relying on the USDA zone map that puts me at a 6. Today I looked at the daily low temps for every day going back to 9/2005, yes I am a garden nerd ;)

and this is what I found when I recorded all temps below 10 F. in my location... I think that puts me at a solid zone 7. I have always purchased plants with zone 6 in mind, with that said, what kind of new and amazing zone 7 plants can I buy this year???

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Nice documentation, and of course if your local conditions/microclimate don't agree with the zone map (is that new USDA map ever going to be released?), go with what you know.

We are rated zone 5b here, but as you can see I've been gardening in zone 6a (or warmer) for quite awhile based on average winter extreme lows for the past decade. All that means is that I can probably count on hardiness long-term for most plants rated to zone 6, especially if sited in well-drained soil. There are many things I've consistently overwintered despite their supposedly being hardy only in warmer zones (Salvia guaranitica, Mirabilis longiflora, Amorphophallus konjac etc.)

Zones are only rough guides - it's fun to take chances and see what happens.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2012 at 12:18PM
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greyghost61(8b SoWeGa)

I saw the new USDA map today, says it was released yesterday (1/26). I am now not just 8b on the Arbor day map, I am officially 8b now.......

    Bookmark   January 27, 2012 at 10:18AM
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On the old map and the new one I am shown literally on the border between 7 and 8. I've been tracking my temperatures for the last three winters and so far the lowest temp has been about 11F. This winter I've not seen any temps below 21F.(Zone 9A)

yay global warming lol

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 2:36PM
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