Zones - Knowledgebase Question

Delta, CO
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Question by BonitaG
February 19, 2001
I would like to know where on your site I can find what zone I live in so I know which plants are best for my area. I found the page that names the zones but didn't see the numbers ( I may have missed it). All of your plant descriptions give numbers for best zones.

Answer from NGA
February 19, 2001
The USDA zone numbers are based only on average annual minimum temperatures, i.e., how cold tolerant or "hardy" will any plant be. However, many more factors influence a plant's ability to thrive, including soil type (acid or alkaline; clay or sand), elevation, rainfall, humidity, etc. For example, zone 6 occurs coast to coast, in such varied states as Washington, Colorado, Tennesee, and New Jersey. Obviously the same plants are not all going to do well in all of these areas. So, the National Gardening Association developed the map with 'named' regions to take more of the factors into consideration. You are in USDA zone 6, closely bordered by zone 5. Zone 6 experiences average annual minimum temperatures of -10 to 0 degrees F. Zone 5 is -20 to -10 degrees. I hope this explanation helps!

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