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New York Planting Zones

New York planting zones

New York is largely a humid continental climate but the southeastern area of the state has a humid subtropical climate. Across much of the state, winter temperatures dip well below freezing. However, along the Atlantic coast it can be warmer, even several degrees above freezing. Statewide summer conditions are seen from June through early September. But, the far southern parts of the state experience summer earlier and it continues through late-September. Thunderstorms and tropical cyclones are not uncommon during the summer months due to weather patterns coming down from Canada and the Great Lakes. Rainfall occurs across the state throughout the year, and the most precipiation occurs in the Great Lakes region. Lake-effect snow in central and western New York is common during winter.  

Plant hardiness zones are also referred to as growing zones and they are helpful in identifying flowers, plants and vegetables that will grow well in any specific area. Used primarily to determine what type of plants will grow, they are also useful in knowing when to plant things in the ground. New York growing zones will help determine when to plant by looking at first and last frost dates in a region. This will be a solid guide in deciding optimal times to plant. New York planting zones have a wide range and vary depending on location. A New York planting zone can be anywhere from 3b to 7b. It’s easy to find your zone using Gilmour’s Interactive Planting Zone Map. Keep in mind, anything rated for the zone you are in or lower should be able to tolerate winter conditions. For example, if planting in zone 3b, any plant rated zone 1 through zone 3 will likely thrive when taken care of properly.  

Multiple vegetables and plants are able to survive in New York. Plant beans, carrots, cucumbers, beets, lettuce and more in your vegetable garden. Native plants will do very well and include smooth white beardtongue, Joe-pye weed, swamp milkweed, bluets, blue aster, nannyberry and many more.

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