Douglas Hunt
Douglas Hunt
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Asked on Jan 26, 2012

Gardeners, have you checked your zone today?

Jean MErica Glasener360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
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The United States Department of Agriculture launched the first update since 1990 to its Plant Hardiness Zone Map yesterday, and half of the nation's 80 million gardeners have been declared a half-zone warmer. Thanks to ever-more sophisticated computers scientists are able to give a more accurate picture of growing conditions across the country. The new map is built using digital Geographic Information System technology and provides much sharper boundaries and better resolution. I checked it out and could see right where the zone changes from 9A to 9B near me. There are two new zones, 12 and 13, where the minimum temperatures don't drop below 50 and 60 degrees F, respectively, and Puerto Rico is on the map for the first time. Here's a link to the new map, which you can search by Zip Code:
http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
5 answers
  • David S
    on Jan 26, 2012

    THANK YOU DOUGLAS ......IF I READ THE GEORGIA MAP CORRECTLY , HERE IN FAYETTEVILLE SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT , WE ARE NOW IN ZONE 8A . WHICH REMINDS ME , A FEW YEARS AGO ERICA WAS HAVING HER HGTV PROGRAM COME FROM A GROWER JUST SOUTH OF WHERE I LIVE . HE KEPT REPEATING THAT HE WAS IN ZONE 8 AND ERICA KEPT QUESTIONING HIS ZONE LOCATION . AT THE TIME I TOTALLY AGREED WITH ERICA .

  • Teresa D
    on Jan 26, 2012

    8A Hmmm, I've moved too. Thanks Douglas. This is helpful!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jan 26, 2012

    Maybe I should plant an Oleander and test this new Map.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Jan 26, 2012

    Just remember the plants don't read the books or the map!

  • Jean M
    on Jun 6, 2012

    thanks Douglas....8b apparently....for my neck of the woods...

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