Plants for Russia - Knowledgebase Question

Washingto, DC
Question by tz3689a
March 1, 1998
Can you please reccomend where can I possibly find seeds, bulbs, of various gardening plants which will be apropriate for gardening in Moscow, Russia... (the climate is similar to the one of Minnesota, USA). We have sandy dry ground, with a lot of sun, the place is quite windy...


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Answer from NGA
March 1, 1998

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First of all, I'd look into any regulations with bringing seeds, bulbs, and/or plants into the country. Many mail-order companies here in the US can't ship material out of the country, and you wouldn't want to get off an airplane with a bunchof seeds or plants, only to be detained for inspection.

That said, there are many plants that grow just fine in Minnesota--so there should be plenty for Moscow. I'd try to find out the approximate first and last frost dates, which will give you an idea of the length of the growing season. Then, choose vegetables with the appropriate days to maturity. If possible, find out the average minimum winter temperature, which will help determine an approximate hardiness zone. You can then choose perennials based on that figure.

If you can be a bit more specific, we might be able to come up with some varieties. (Do you want shrubs? vegetables? what kind? etc.) I'm afraid, however, that the biggest limit will be on import regulations (and finding companies that will ship there), so check those first.

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