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Mar 5, 2017 10:44 AM CST
If my hardiness zone is classified as 6B, does that mean I can plant anything that falls in any zone before that, example: if I bought a zone 5 tree can I plant that in zone 6B?
Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
I collect seeds
Mar 5, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Some plants from zone 5 can grow in zone 6B, you can also grow some plants for zone 7 in your zone 6B, however, it is best to select plants for your zone or better yet natives to your specific zone.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Mar 5, 2017 3:54 PM CST

The hardiness zone indicates minimum temperatures within that zone based on averages for the last 20 years. They were originally developed by the USDA to help farmers find trees that would grow in their areas. It does not consider high temperatures, average rainfall or humidity so in a lot of ways, falls far short of what a home gardener is looking for.

I look at the plant in question and ask myself some questions. The big one is will it die when it hits 100 degrees at my house next summer? Followed by the amount of moisture/humidity it will need and shade requirements.

For instance, I would love to grow some Gentiana, hardy in Zones 3 - 7. I have tried a couple times but they cook, even in the shade. Our temps often hit close to 100 and humidity is less than 10%.

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