What are USDA Hardiness Zones and how do they affect my bamboo selection?

USDA Hardiness Zones are a guide defined by the United States Department of Agriculture to categorize regions based on their minimum winter temperatures. These zones help gardeners and growers determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The zones are numbered from 1 through 13, with each zone representing a 10-degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual minimum temperature. A zone may also be divided into subzones A and B, which indicate a 5-degree difference.

Don’t know your zone? Check out the official USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map where you can enter your zip code to discover your zone.

For bamboo selection, understanding your local USDA Zone is crucial because it helps you choose bamboo species that can survive and flourish in your area’s winter climate. Each bamboo product page on our website includes the USDA Zone(s) in which that bamboo species is known to grow well. By matching these zones with your own, you can ensure a successful and thriving bamboo garden or landscape feature. For example, if you live in an area classified as USDA Zone 7, you’ll want to select bamboo varieties that are rated for Zone 7 or lower. This ensures that the bamboo can withstand the coldest temperatures expected in your region.

We recommend checking the USDA Zone information provided with each of our bamboo products and comparing it to the zone for your area. This simple step will help guide your bamboo selection process, ensuring that you choose plants best suited for your climate, leading to greater gardening success and satisfaction.

Vehicle Loading & Towing Recommendations

To give you an idea of what you can carry, we typically load 25 Adult Screening Plants in a long bed pickup truck or 20 in a 6-1/2′ bed. You can get 80-85 plants on a double axle 16 foot trailer.

You will need a tailgate or ramps or need to build some elevation on the back of your trailer.

If you don’t have a tarp, we can cover the plants for you- we have successfully had plants make it to Colorado, Maryland, Michigan and Florida covered with carpet backing or “Leno.”

If you expect your order to be greater than 20 plants, please call ahead so we can be sure of availability of your particular species. We prefer to stabilize the newly dug plants for 2 weeks.