Planting zones were created to help you know whether a particular plant will thrive in the area where you live. There are several kinds (click on the photo to go to the page you want):
When people think of plant zones, they often think of the USDA plant hardiness zone map, which is used in many countries. Hardiness zones estimate how much cold a plant can withstand.
Heat zones measure the number of days over 86F (30C) in a year. Some plants require a certain number of heat days to bear fruit, while others can be damaged by too many heat days, especially if the heat is accompanied by drought.
Rainfall maps show you the annual precipitation for your area. Some plants will rot when exposed to too much rainfall, while others will die in desert areas.
Climate zone maps show you what the climate is in your area: hot and dry, wet and cold, and so on. These are helpful if you want to buy a plant from a different country or a different region of your own country, to see if the plant will do well in your area.
Climate takes temperature, rainfall, and humidity into account.
The planting map that is referred to the most is the plant hardiness zone map. So if you haven't already, it would be wise to find out what hardiness zone your home is in before you begin planting for the first time.
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