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Old 12-15-2007, 09:26 AM
 
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Default Change in "Hardiness Zone" for Tn

I read that the USDA Hardiness Zones are being revised due to climate change and that while most of Tennessee was formerly in zone 6..... it is in the process to being changed to Zone 7.
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:33 AM
 
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If I remember correctly, it used to be mainly Zone 7, then they changed it to Zone 6. Now I guess they're changing it back. I'm not sure, I could be wrong about this.

When I used to garden, I used another zone map rather than the USDA one because I thought it was more accurate. I think it's the same one that White Flower Farm uses, but I can't remember the source.
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Old 12-15-2007, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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The hardiness zone (temperate zone for planting) for most of Tn is in the process of being bumped from 6... to zone 7 (as a result of climate change).
Umm...maybe I am confused but according to every hardiness zone map I have ever seen since living in TN (over 10 years now) has showed me in zone 7. Now is that maybe because I am in North East TN and you are speaking more of west TN? Gotta remember, TN is a lllloooonnnnngggg state.
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Old 12-15-2007, 04:00 PM
 
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Default Too many variables to carve in stone.

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If I remember correctly, it used to be mainly Zone 7, then they changed it to Zone 6. Now I guess they're changing it back. I'm not sure, I could be wrong about this.

When I used to garden, I used another zone map rather than the USDA one because I thought it was more accurate. I think it's the same one that White Flower Farm uses, but I can't remember the source.
I have several hardiness zone maps, all of which have their lines drawn in slightly different areas. I think that it is a matter of opinion of just how hardy some plant species are and then factor in all of the different ways to determine climate for an area - 5 year average? 10 year average? last year's climate?

They get more squiggley than a politician stumping for election time. First, he's here, then there. Take your pick.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:07 PM
 
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Default clarification

...in the last issue of Progressive Farmer, historically, the Arbor Day Foundation had about 60% of Tn in six and 40% in seven.... now they have done a recent revision and basically the whole state is seven.
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Old 12-15-2007, 06:37 PM
 
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Oh, Ok. Thanks for the info
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:08 PM
 
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Sounds good to me! There's a tree they grow in the Philippines that I would loooove to have at my house in Knoxville. If Al Gore's private jet and Belle Meade mansion keep stirring up more global warming, maybe someday I'll be able to have that calamansi tree after all...

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Old 12-15-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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Wink Pictures, please.

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Sounds good to me! There's a tree they grow in the Philippines that I would loooove to have at my house in Knoxville. If Al Gore's private jet keeps stirring up more global warming, maybe someday I'll be able to have that calamansi tree after all...
I think I speak for all of us, JMT. We want a picture of that calamansi tree and everything else fascinating that you see while in the Far East.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/70/Calamondin_in_our_front_yard.jpg/240px-Calamondin_in_our_front_yard.jpg (broken link)
Fruit on tree
Does it look like this? Beautiful fruit!
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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I think I speak for all of us, JMT. We want a picture of that calamansi tree and everything else fascinating that you see while in the Far East.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/70/Calamondin_in_our_front_yard.jpg/240px-Calamondin_in_our_front_yard.jpg (broken link)
Fruit on tree
Does it look like this? Beautiful fruit!
Great picture! Unfortunately, that's not the same thing. Calamansis are green and are about the size of a pingpong ball. You don't eat them, they're VERY bitter and are full of little seeds. But mixed with pure cane sugar they make the most thirst-quenching drink on the planet, and calamansi juice squeezed over seafood is divine. But, alas, they say that calamansi trees can grow only in the Pacific islands. sigh
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Perhaps a nice patio plant, JMT. It must be a delicious fruit, albeit a bitter one.

Have a memorable exciting time. We are all traveling vicariously with you. And, I for one, am having a wonderful time.
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