Ohio Planting Zone Map: USDA Guide To Ohio Plants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a detailed guide to the growing conditions for various types of crops in each of the fifty states. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service publishes these maps every five years. These maps are based on weather data collected from weather stations across the country and include information such as average annual temperature, precipitation, soil moisture, wind speed and direction, relative humidity and other factors. They provide a comprehensive look at how different regions of the country grow certain crops.
In addition to the map, the USDA publication includes a list of common names for each type of crop grown in each region. For example, tomatoes are called “tomato” because they’re native to northern Italy; however, there are many varieties found throughout Europe and North America. Some varieties have long been cultivated in California while others were introduced here only recently. All of them are grown commercially and sold under several common names including red, green, yellow, purple and white.
The USDA’s map shows where the most commonly grown tomato variety is grown in each of the 50 states. However, it doesn’t show which specific type of tomato is being used or even if it was ever grown in your area!
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You might also want to know how to plant your tomato or what fertilizer to use. We could go on and on but you probably have other things to do. That’s why we made a short cut page that gets right to the point:
Ohio Planting Zones By Crop
Planting zones vary by crop type and specific crop types within each zone. The following links will take you to plant growing information for different crop types:
Ohio’s USDA planting zones range from zone 5 through 9, with some areas of the state falling into zone 10. As with all climate and growing zone maps, these are generalized so you should check with the local cooperative extension office in your area or your personal garden center to find out the best plants for your specific area.
Other Ohio Gardening Resources:
If you’re new to gardening we highly recommend visiting your local garden center or nursery to learn which plants are right for your area and which plants need more or less sun/water/etc.
Ohio State University Extension has a wealth of information on a wide range of gardening topics. They cover everything from backyard gardening to community gardens and even pest control: Ohio State University Extension
Ohio’s weather in general is very unpredictable, so be sure to keep up on the latest local weather report before planting.
Other General Gardening Websites:
Gardening In The Garden – Learn more about how plants grow and how the weather affects them.
Gardening Tips – Get useful tips from other gardening experts to help you along your gardening journey.
Types of Plants – Learn about the different types of plants that are perfect for your garden.
There’s also a wealth of information in the WACKER GARDEN FORUM where you can get tips from other gardeners. If you’re a new gardener we recommend that you start by reading these two sticky threads:
Sticky: New Here?
Then Read This First!
Sticky: FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
We hope you find these resources useful and that your garden is a lush and bountiful one!
Sources & references used in this article:
Horticultural applications of a newly revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map by MP Widrlechner, C Daly, M Keller, K Kaplan – HortTechnology, 2012 – journals.ashs.org
Soil erosion risk in Korean watersheds, assessed using the revised universal soil loss equation by S Park, C Oh, S Jeon, H Jung, C Choi – Journal of hydrology, 2011 – Elsevier
Recreational mapping and planning for enlargement of the green structure in greater Copenhagen by OH Caspersen, AS Olafsson – Urban forestry & urban greening, 2010 – Elsevier
A zone map for mean annual moisture balance in the north central United States by MP Widrlechner – Landscape Plant News, 1999 – lib.dr.iastate.edu