The Q&A Archives: Region

Question: What region am I in. I live in Hawaii. I want to know whats best for my garden. Full sun and tropical.

Answer: Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems and weather characteristics. Factors such as elevation, pressure variations, rainfall, wind and topography combine to create distinctive locations throughout the islands. Climates you may encounter in the Hawaiian Islands include the humid tropical zones, from sea level to 450 feet (137 m), the arid and semi-arid zones, the warmest parts of the islands, the temperate zones, at certain locations above 1,300 to 1,650 feet (400 to 500 m) and the Alpine zones, chilly areas above 10,500 feet (3,200 m). In general, your growing zones are 10 and 11 as listed on the regional map. About the only plants that won't be successful in the lower regions such as Honolulu are those that require a pronounced winter chill such as apple trees and lilacs. Hope this information is helpful!

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