Syracuse vs Texas - Knowledgebase Question

Liverpool, NY
Question by Bob_Bonestee
March 11, 1998
My science class is doing a project with another class in Texas. I would like a recommendation of a flower or vegetable plant which grows well in central NY (Syracuse area), but would not do so well in Texas (Dallas area).


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Answer from NGA
March 11, 1998

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Most annual flowers and vegetables will grow in either place. Where you get into the real differences is in perennial plants, because of their varying hardiness. There are many plants that will thrive in Texas year-round, that would survive a summer in New York, but be killed by the cold winter. On the other hand, there are plants that thrive in New York, but in Texas wouldn't experience the chilling they need in dormancy, or couldn't stand the heat of summer there.

So it will be difficultto find a plant that fits the bill. There may be plants that will suffer during the hot Texas summer, but, again, I'm assuming you're planning to do this project in the spring, when temperatures are more moderate. I guess the best I can do is suggest cool-weather crops, like broccoli and spinach (which tend to bolt in hot weather).

I hope this helps.

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