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Auckland Rural Zone and Confusion about Frost Protection

First, a word on how USDA Hardiness Zones are determined. USDA Hardiness Zones are based on the Average Annual Extreme Minimum Temperature. So, the average of the coldest temperature on the coldest ...
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Growing Pinus pinea in zone 8a - possible?

I think it is possible. You should just find a good place. Near my home (on the other side of the valley) there is two trees (more than 40 years old). Windy situation and not the best place, but in ...
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Growing Pinus pinea in zone 8a - possible?

Yes, Pinus pinea will grow in zone 8 (minimum temperature from -6.7°C to -12.1°C or 19.9°F to 10.2°F), as stated in Conifer Cold Hardiness, section 1, chapter 'Frost Resistance and the Distribution of ...
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Auckland Rural Zone and Confusion about Frost Protection

Edible Tree Crop Farm was Dick Robert's pioneering permaculture site in Nelson, NZ before the term existed. A sub tropical climate was created with the use of North (equatorial) facing hillsides, ...
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Is using detergent on plants a good way to revive them?

This sounds like one of Jerry Baker's wacky tonics although even he doesn't recommend detergent except for dish detergent aka regular dish soap. A real detergent will likely harm the plant. While ...
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Will Bermuda grass survive in Boston

Warm vs Cold Season is a little bit about how much of a sun beating a grass can take, but it's more about temperatures. A warm-season grass might survive the winter, but it'll turn green late and ...
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What does the USDA zone range mean?

The USDA zone system classify US climate. The real definition is about lowest temperature, but in US the zones are also nearly uniform on climate, so it is used also to describe typical climate range ...
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What does the USDA zone range mean?

Because the USA is a large country, there is a wide variation in weather and particularly average upper and lower temperatures between regions. Therefore, the USDA zone does not only refer to cold ...
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Is using detergent on plants a good way to revive them?

Basically when soil is dehydrated below 30%, Fe-containing molecules form on organic surfaces, rendering surfaces hydrophobic. Detergents antagonize this acting as a wetting agent. But I'd just drop ...
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Hardiness database

I like the idea of living off the grid, but as you can read from the comments your question is too broad to get one straight answer. However, I can direct you to some info, that might be helpful. ...
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Growing Pinus pinea in zone 8a - possible?

capital of Bulgaria (Zone 7a), Despite the fact we are in a valley which lies between 550-750 m altitude, we have healthy specimens up to 750 m in a private gardens. It's true that the foot hills of ...
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Best species of moss for a rock garden in the Midwest USA?

I suggest walking in a woods to look for a local moss suited for your location. You may be able to collect some to get started. I have a small pond surrounded by rock in E.TX, Now 25 years old. A ...
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Understanding USDA Hardiness Zones and meaning of Frost Tender with respect of Zone 8

Hardiness is not an exact science. As an example a tree that is native to Southern Siberia, Acer ginnala, supposedly hardy to USDA zone 2 shows trunk cracking and a shorter life in USDA zone 4. ...
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Should I place this plant directly in sunlight?

Based on the picture, the plant seems to be in an energy positive state. So it'll probably require more a decent amount of sunlight to support the growth. Probably not full midday sun. But placing it ...
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Should I place this plant directly in sunlight?

You can gradually expose but they thrive in full sun. Full sun, warmth is helpful for its growth as it is a tropical/subtropical plant and is native to India. Still if you worry much, you can put it ...
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Spring's Promise camellia, zone 6a?

Please keeping in mind, a plants zone hardiness if only what the roots will survive, not whether the leaves, bud or flowers will survive. A good example of this is Hydrangea macrophyllum often rated ...
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Growing Pinus pinea in zone 8a - possible?

Inspired by @Giacomo Catenazzi's answer, I searched for specimens of Pinus pinea outside its natural geographic range. Here is a couple of interesting trees that I found: (they are more than 100 years ...
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Will Bermuda grass survive in Boston

I live in eastern Massachusetts as well and completely understand your struggle. Portions of my traditional cool season lawn used to die completely and the rest of the lawn was often brown for the ...
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