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Hardiness

Hardiness of plants describes their ability to survive adverse growing conditions. It is usually limited to discussions of climatic adversity. Thus a plant's ability to tolerate cold, heat, drought, flooding, or wind are typically considered measurements of hardiness.

In temperate latitudes, the term most often describes resistance to cold, or "cold-hardiness," and is generally measured by the lowest temperature a plant can withstand. Hardiness of a plant is usually divided into three categories: tender, half-hardy, and hardy. Tender plants are those killed by freezing temperatures, while hardy plants survive freezing (at least down to certain temperatures, depending on the plant). "Half-hardy" is a term to describe bedding plants which are sown in heat in winter or early spring, and planted outside after all danger of frost has passed.
Posted on May 8th, 2014
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