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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions at our greenhouse. We have pooled our resources to come up with answers to help your garden or landscaping project be successful. If you have a question that's not listed here, feel free to contact us or stop by!

Which gardening zone is Park Rapids in?

Park Rapids area is in the 3b zone, which means that plants, trees and shrubs that can stand temperatures to -40° F will typically survive the winter. Any plants you choose that are not cold hardy to these temperatures will need to be grown as an annual and replanted the following spring.

What is the difference between a perennial and an annual?

Perennials are plants that go dormant and "die down" to the ground every year, and return in the spring. If you place your perennials in the right spot for their needs, you don't have to replant them.

Annuals are plants that are not cold hardy and will die at the end of the season. In the spring, you will have to replant your annuals.

When is the last hard frost in spring? And the first hard frost in fall?

The last hard frost in Park Rapids, MN usually happens around the end of May. The first hard frost typically occurs the last half of September. The dates vary from year to year.

Last year the zone at my home was different than the map shown, why?

In 2023 the USDA updated the plant hardiness zones for the first time since 2012. Many areas experienced warmer winters on average and have moved up one half to a full zone in some areas, thus providing them with warmer growing conditions. The maps we show are the most current available.

Visit the USDA website to use an interactive plant hardiness map and see you exact zone for your area.

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