Nebraska Is Warming Up

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Nebraska is getting warmer, according to agriculture experts. A newly released map shows that most of the state is in a warmer zone than it was 20 years ago.

The new plant hardiness zone map represents the average annual extreme temperatures across the country. In 1990, most of Nebraska was equally divided by temperatures between -20 to -25 and -10 to -15.

Today about 90% of the state is the latter, meaning the average extreme temperature has become five degrees warmer.

Scott Evans, of Mulhall's Nursery says the changes could mean gardeners can try growing plants that typically wouldn't survive here like gladiolas, peach trees, and apricot trees.

“The change is beneficial because we can start pushing the envelope of what we can plant here and what we can't."

Susan Daniels, an avid gardener is hoping she'll be able to grow more.

“I’d really like to grow jasmine and it's really hard to grow in this area because it gets too cold,” says Daniels.

Dick Hogrefe grows roses and says the guidelines aren't important for him.

“The zone for me won't make that much difference. I suppose there are people who grow perennials that may be able to grow a few they couldn't grow otherwise."

Penny Bay, a worker at Mulhall’s agrees and cautions that the new map is just a guideline.

“If you have a shelter area in Omaha free from wind you might be able to grow something from a totally different zone,” says Bay.

“If there’s lots of traffic, lots of wind, full sun, I don't care what zone it is certain plants aren't going to grow there."

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