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Mississippi Planting Zones

Mississippi planting zones

Mississippi has what’s known as a humid subtropical climate. Mild, short winters and hot, humid summers are typical in this region. Heavy snowfall isn’t the norm, but precipitation increases as you move from the north to the south. The areas closest to the Gulf are the wettest and most humid. Late summer through fall have an increased risk of hurricanes that move in from the Gulf of Mexico. The southern part of the state is typically hardest hit with storms. Thunderstorms are normal throughout the state as well, but like hurricanes, they are more prevalent in the southern region. Normal annual temperatures range from the low 60s in the north to mid 60s in the coastal regions. 

Mississippi growing zones range from 7b to 9a. It is easy to find what growing zone you are in by using Gilmour’s Interactive Planting Zone Map. Using growing zones is an easy way to identify what plants will do best in a certain area and are able to withstand the cold of winter in a given region. Plant hardiness zones can not only be a guide on what to plant, but can also help determine when to plant. Mississippi planting zones are based on first and last frost dates and they vary depending on location. Each zone will specify when to put specific plants in the ground. Keep in mind that when planting a garden, only plants rated for the Mississippi planting zones you are in or lower will likely be able to survive winters.

If looking for Mississippi plants and flowers that tend to do well and will have the best opportunity to thrive, there is a wide variety of options to choose from. Hydrangeas, gardenias, cherry plums, Japanese red maples, burgundy fringe flowers, knock out roses and camellias all do extremely well in the area. Many vegetables will grow well in Mississippi’s planting zones, too. Turnips, green onions, lima beans, sweet peppers, eggplant and leafy greens and lettuces all like the climate and zones.

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