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Kansas Planting Zones

Kansas planting zones

Looking for what to grow in Kansas and the Kansas planting zones? Kansas sees bouts of pretty brutal winters each year, with windstorms, blizzards and very heavy rain storms being the norm. Despite this, the state on average has pretty warm summers and overall mild winters. Kansas is almost split into thirds in terms of its climate and weather patterns. Technically, it has humid continental, semi-arid steppe and humid subtropical climate. The western third of Iowa is that semi-arid steppe climate, with wide-swinging winter temps that regularly go between warm to very cold temperatures, and hot and less-humid summers. This part of the state sees an average of about 16 inches of rain each year. The eastern two-thirds of the state, on the other hand, has a humid continental climate with humid, hot summers and cool to cold winters. Most of the rain in this part of the state falls in the spring and summer months. 

The hardiness zone map shown in Gilmour’s Interactive Planting Zone Map categorizes Kansas planting zones between 5b and 7a. It is necessary to know which Kansas planting zone you are in so you can best determine what plants, flowers and vegetables will thrive there. Growing zones help determine what plants will survive in an area, and it also tells when to plant. Keep in mind that you can plant anything designated to grow in a specified zone or below. Plants that are identified as growing above a specific zone will have a difficult time surviving winter conditions and frosts. So, if planting in zone 5b, any plant rated 1 to 5 should be able to do very well.

Choose from a wide variety of plants and flowers in Kansas. Some popular options include coneflower, cosmos, marigolds, verbena and daylilies. In addition to all the flower and plants that do well in the Kansas growing zones, a number of vegetables grow there too, making a large, bountiful garden both a popular and very achievable feat across the state. Grow beans, broccoli, cabbage, onions, peas and tomatoes all season long for a summer’s worth of fresh produce to enjoy.

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