Georgia is a southern state that is pretty typical in terms of climate in most of the southeastern parts of the country. Read on for more information about the Georgia planting zones.
Georgia is humid subtropical, which means the state sees fairly mild winters for the most part, with a mild spring and fall, and hot, long, very wet summers. Rainfall and precipitation depends on where in the state you are, but in general it is usually fairly substantial. The mountains can see 75 inches of rain and the southern lowlands often will see about 50 inches a year. While the average number of sunny days in the country is 205 per year, Georgia sees about 217 annually.
Georgia’s planting zones fall into a range from 6a to 9a, with the bottom half of the state overwhelmingly warmer. It is important to know what growing zone you are in before deciding what to plant in a garden. Not choosing plants that will thrive in the location you are in and failing to factor in weather patterns and first and last freezes means plants have less of a chance to survive and produce. Gilmour’s Interactive Planting Zone Map makes it quick and easy to confidently determine the Georgia growing zone you are in. Don’t spend the time, money and effort to plant a garden when there is a chance it won’t be successful. Be sure to get to know Georgia’s growing zones, and the result will be a large, lush, bountiful garden for years to come.
A number of plants do very well in the Georgia planting zone regions. Bachelor button, cockscomb, cosmos, petunias and verbena are all good choices for flowers that are either native to the state or will easily grow there. If planning a vegetable garden, plan in fall for a spring harvest or late summer for a winter bounty. Winter vegetables that grow well in Georgia growing zones include rutabaga, onions, spinach and many others. Spring gardens can produce broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and more. Carrots, parsnips and beets, among others, will do well in both planting seasons.
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