Live Plants Starter Guide: Hardiness Zones & Shipping Schedules

LTD’s live plants and flowers are now available! To assure the best quality garden and best planting results, it’s important to understand the zone map for gardening. This short guide will show you how to check your location on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to see which plants will thrive in your area. We also explain our shipping map to help you better understand when you will receive your lives plants and flowers.


USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map will help you determine the best plants that will thrive in your region. The map lists the average annual extreme minimum temperatures in your location.

On our website, live plants and flower products are each given a range of zone numbers that help you see which ones are best to plant in your location. That range of zone numbers is represented on the map below.

USDA Hardiness Zone Map

How To Determine If A Plant Will Thrive In Your Region

Step 1: Search For Your State Or ZIP Code On The USDA Map

Visit the official USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and search for your ZIP code or select your state by clicking on the map.

If you type in your ZIP code, your hardiness zone number will automatically pop up as shown in the image below.

If you select your entire state, a map of your specific state will pop up, along with the list of average extreme minimum temperatures and their corresponding zone.

In the example below for the state of Pennsylvania, you can see that a range of numbers are listed based on the part of the state you live in. For instance, if you live in Tioga, your zone number would be 5b.

Step 2: Check The LTD Product Details

Each live plant product on the Lakside website will have the recommended USDA Hardiness Zones detailed in the description.

In the example provided, the product shows an ideal hardiness zone of 3-8. This plant would be an acceptable choice if you live in zones 3-8.

Single Economy Sized Peony Root

Step 3: Refer To LTD’s Live Plants & Flowers Shipping Map

Once you’ve determined that a specific plant will thrive in your location, refer to our shipping map to see when you can expect your order to ship.


LTD Spring 2020 Live Plants & Flowers Shipping Map

Our Spring 2020 shipping map illustrates when your live plants and flowers will be shipped out to you based on your region. This date is configured based on the appropriate planting time for your zone in coordination with the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

Each Release Zone is laid out on our color coordinated map of the United States. Each color represents the date that plants and flowers will be released and shipped out to your location.

If you order live plants or flowers before your release date, your order will be held until the release date defined by your zone.

For example, if you live in Pennsylvania, you are in the orange zone, or Northern USA. If you place an order on March 16th for a live plant product, your order will be shipped out on April 8th according to the map.

Note: Please allow an additional 10-14 days for delivery after your order releases.

For any specific questions or concerns on our live plant shipping process, contact customer service.


Now that you have a better understanding of the live plant ordering process, check out our selection of plants, flowers, and houseplants to bring color and life to your yard and home!

Don’t miss out on our current offer – buy 3 or more live plants and save $1 on each!

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