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PLANT HARDINESS ZONES

Plant hardiness zones are a useful tool for gardeners and horticulturists, as they provide information about the minimum temperatures that a plant can survive in a given area. In Canada, the hardiness zones range from Zone 1a (the coldest) to Zone 8b (the warmest), with each zone representing a difference in minimum temperature.

The hardiness zones are determined by the annual minimum temperature in a given area, and are based on data collected over a 30-year period. This information is used to determine which plants will be able to survive the winter in a particular region. For example, a plant that is hardy to Zone 3 will be able to survive in an area where the minimum temperature is -40 degrees Celsius, while a plant that is hardy to Zone 8 will only survive in an area where the minimum temperature is above -6 degrees Celsius. In Canada, the hardiness zones vary significantly depending on location. For example, the northern most region of the country falls into Zone 1a, while Vancouver Islands can fall into Zones as high as 8b. This means that a gardener in Calgary, AB will have to choose plants that are able to survive cold temperatures, while a gardener in Victoria, BC  will have a much wider range of plants to choose from.

 

One of the best ways to ensure that your plants will survive the winter is to choose plants that are appropriate for your hardiness zone. By using the hardiness zone guide above, gardeners can determine which plants will be able to survive in their specific location. This can help to prevent disappointment and save money, as plants that are not hardy in a particular area will not survive the winter and will need to be replaced.