Hardiness?  What the heck does that mean?

If you’re new to planting and gardening, the term “hardiness” might be a new term for you.  Hardiness, in terms of planting, describes a plant’s ability to survive adverse growing conditions.  So basically, hardiness tells you what kinds of temperatures all the different types of plants will tolerate.

Well that sounds important when it comes to planting, but how do I know how “hardy” a plant is?  Or what it’s hardiness is?

You can actually find out a plant’s hardiness by checking out which hardiness zone the plant lives in.  The USDA created a nifty little chart that demonstrates the different hardiness zones for plants according to where they grow geographically and the types of temperatures.  Here’s what a hardiness zone map looks like:

Hardiness_zones

So what do all of the numbers mean?

According to Wikipedia, “…a plant that is described as “hardy to zone 10” means that the plant can withstand a minimum temperature of −1 °C (30 °F). A more resilient plant that is “hardy to zone 9″ can tolerate a minimum temperature of −7 °C (19 °F).”

So, if you’re ever wondering what types of plants you’re able to grow in your neck of the woods, a quick google search for a hardiness map will provide all the information you need.  Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing? 🙂

Of course if you’re in the Memphis area, come on by Digger Odell Nursery, and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to help you choose the right plant for you!

Happy Planting!

–Digger Crew