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Hardiness Zone Map

2006 Hardiness Zone Map

know the hardiness zone map
When you offer bedding plants to customers, make sure you can speak knowledgeably to them about what plants will work best in your area’s climate.
Some customers will want plants that will last for several seasons. Others will want annuals, which they’ll need to replace, and plant hardiness won’t be a concern for them.
To serve customers in the first category, you’ll want to be familiar with your area’s temperature zone, which can be found in this National Arbor Day Foundation hardiness zone map. It’s an updated version of the U.S. Department of Agriculture “Plant Hardiness Zone Map,” which was last published in 1990 and therefore doesn’t reflect the rising temperatures that many areas of the country have experienced.
Your bedding plant vendors should be able to provide you with hardiness ratings for the plants they supply you. Be familiar with the ratings, and consider putting them on signage for your customers. The more knowledge you give them, the more successful they will be with their plants, and that will keep them coming back for more.

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