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Name: Mi Krumm
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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MunSung1075
Sep 20, 2017 11:17 AM CST
I was just wondering if anyone in here has tried using the Koppen Climate System to isolate areas around the world that share the same kind as your area in order to seek for potential plants that would thrive in your location?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Sep 20, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Yes, most definitely. Most of my plants come from arid regions (B). I try to pay attention to where plants are from because it helps me figure out how to best care for them.

For us (arid winter rainfall climate, totally dry summers) the question also relates to seasonal rainfall. A plant that needs lots of water in summer will usually do poorly here. Check out these maps of South Africa (where many of my succulents are from) and you will see there are big differences in terms of total rainfall (ours is about 250mm/10 inches a year) as well as seasonal rainfall. I have put a lot of effort into trying out plants that come from the drier, winter-rainfall zone (to the west, at our latitude south) that corresponds nearly perfectly with our own climate.

http://edmc1.dwaf.gov.za/dwaf/...
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