determined by a combination of:
temperature, humidity, light, and topography
Climate data help determine: planting date, irrigation timing, harvest dates
CO2 reflects heat back as it radiates out from Earth
East of mountain = dry? NO
Near body of water? YES
Snow dumps but winter mild
CT at Zone 6-7...Missouri Connection
Plants are rated as to the lowest zone they can tolerate.
Zone 2 plant tolerates ROUGH winter. Zone 8 plant dies with any frost.Should we in Zone 7 plant ONLY zone 7 plants? NO
Zone 8-10 plants = outdoors summer then indoors for winter
Zone 7 plants in sheltered location on property
Zone 2-6 plants in correct locations around property:
Where should my downspouts be located?
1. length of possible growing seasonIn CT: no rice, sugar cane, sweet potatoes (EXCEPT SPECIAL ONES)2. storage of flowers and fruits (cool)
3. deterioration of foods (peas, corn, etc = eat soon for sweetness! sugar loss)
tree fruits, grapes, berries, perennial flowers
especially biennials: plant spring 1, grow summer 1, flower spring-summer 2, die fall 2
occurs at temps at or above freezing! 4C
DonŐt put bananas in refrigerator (YES DO!--skin black but fruit OK)
Dracena - even a few seconds in cold will kill houseplants!
If ice crystals form inside (vacuole) they pierce cell boundaries = leak and death
as soil freezes it expands, contracts as it thaws
tears up roots Recall: wild rose/hybrid tea grafting
Lifts rocks from lower layers of topsoil to surface.
Clear night sky = C O L D!!
Cloudy = thermal blanket
Container: Drainage for gas exchange--clay vs plastic
Soil: Texture for air/drainage/moisture
Fertilizer: Nutrients low, complete, frequent
Humidity: Need high but house typicallly low: use wet pebbles in tray crispy tips, esp lower leaves
Water: too much, too little, top watering vs bottom watering, DIRTY FINGERS
Light: if window poor use fluorescents for 16 hr/day
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