[NAFEX] Hardiness Terms?
tolenio at sentex.net
Sun Jan 11 10:52:08 EST 2004
I would prefer a specific temperature be given for hardiness, for although not absolute, it would be lot less vague. However, that is just
How does a large catalog grower, that has a very wide market (even national), use terms that have "local" connotations to indicate
Maybe the USDA defines these terms somewhere???
Dean Kreutzer wrote:
> >In regards to grapes, what do these terms mean in hardiness temperature
> >degree ranges;
> > moderately hardy
> > hardy
> > very hardy
> >These terms may be used rather loosely in catalogs, but there must be a
> >rather standard definition.
> I think any catlalog that used these terms to describe hardiness either did
> not do enough fact finding or just didn't care enough to print them. The
> meaning of these terms are highly dependant on where a person is located;
> where I live I would say that -40F is very hardy, on the east coast it might
> be -30F, down south it might be -20F or -10F, etc. This is like asking a
> person how tall they are and getting replies like "Tall/Average/Short".
> Where I live, we are pretty much guaranteed -35F every year, yet we have
> plants like Bartlett pears, and Himrod/Flame Seedless grapes in our retail
> chain stores with the word "hardy" in their descriptions. I find this very
> unprofessional and misleading, especially to the general consumer who may
> not be the wiser.
> I would think that most fruiting plants should have at least a USDA or
> Canada hardiness zone rating that can be applied.
> USDA zone 3
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Hardiness Zone 5b
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