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The climate for gardening in Poland


pawian 150 | 7,961    
10 May 2019  #1
Aaah, climate! I forgot about it. Yes, the Polish Pole of Cold is in Northern- Eastern Poland, next to Lithuania.

One day I wanted to talk about my propensity for exotic plants. Keeping them in the open air have always been my dream. But I can be so inconsistent. Silly of me but I can`t resist and regularly buy plants which must be carefully protected in winter and then I never have time to do it and they usually die in freezing temperatures which go down to -- 15C. I lost about two dozen plants in this way, including two palm trees advertised as frost resistant.

Only fig trees do well in winter - they lose upper twigs but the bottom ones survive and shoot new stems in spring.

It`s like a gambling game - who`s gonna win - me or winter? It is so fascinating. Does anybody understand me here? :):)


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Coop 1 | 13    
10 May 2019  #2
Gardening is cool. And yes, Poland seems so close to Lithuania, yet I believe that to south of Warszawa starts next climatic zone, much warmer )
OP pawian 150 | 7,961    
10 May 2019  #3
Oops, dear staff, I understand you considered the above post as off topic in the Owning a countryside home thread, I don`t mind at all. But I wonder what else we could write in this new thread you created - it seems everything important has already been said. Isn`t it better to move it all to Random?

If it stays, I will feel forced to write silly things about climate zones in Poland, the revival of growing grapes in some parts of Poland, droughts etc. But that will make a few posts a month or even year. So it isn`t worth it, I suppose.
Coop 1 | 13    
10 May 2019  #4
pawian, for me - everything will be interesting! )
OP pawian 150 | 7,961    
11 May 2019  #5
Oops, dear staff, isn`t it better to move it all to Random?

Ok, let it be as you want but don`t complain later on that I didn`t warn you.

pawian, for me - everything will be interesting! )

As you wish. :)

Poland seems so close to Lithuania, yet I believe that to south of Warszawa starts next climatic zone, much warmer )

Polish climate zones - they are called frost resistance zones in Polish. Mine is this medium one - 6B, but dangerously close to 6A.



delphiandomine 85 | 17,644    
11 May 2019  #6
the revival of growing grapes in some parts of Poland

Yes, the area around Zielona Góra and Wrocław is really starting to become interesting. A wine snob friend reckons that there are some wines worth trying, though there are still problems with consistency.

adoriavineyards.com/en/ - I've tried this stuff and it was very, very good.
Dougpol1 27 | 2,573    
11 May 2019  #7
I've tried craft beers brewed with Polish hops - not so positive. Must be the climate, or the soil maybe? Saar hops from Bohemia win every time (or British of course!)
delphiandomine 85 | 17,644    
11 May 2019  #8
I think it's not even that, but rather the Polish palate seems to prefer quite bitter beers. I'm also not impressed, especially when you consider the quality of even the cheapest supermarket beers in the Czech Republic or Germany compared to Polish beers.
OP pawian 150 | 7,961    
12 May 2019  #9
The last wave of ground frost may come even in May so pro gardeners advise to plant vulnerable greens from mid May. Last year I picked very few cherries because spring frost had killed blooming flowers on trees.

This year I see mine have survived very well but in other regions - not. After the drought, ground frosts are going to negatively influence farmers` income.

finanse.wp.pl/majowe-przymrozki-zaszkodza-sadownikom-wzrosna-ceny-6378043336972417a

After the drought, ground frosts are going to negatively influence farmers` income.

There are special names for those cold days with ground frost. Cold Gardeners are on 12, 13 and 14 May while 15 May is called Cold Sophie.

Today it has been raining all day, just like yesterday and a few days ago. Great, the ground is slowly getting soaked but still only the initial layer of it. To get deeper, the rain should continue for a few days more.

Rains are good for some veg and bad for others. E.g. tomatoes don`t like damp conditions, they can easily get diseases.
OP pawian 150 | 7,961    
15 May 2019  #10
Climate in Poland is great for roses. I have inherited some bushes after the previous owners but am not crazy about that type of flowers. But once I desired to have black or blue roses in my garden. I was even about to order them when I read that such roses hadn`t been invented yet. Blue rose is in fact violet while black is dark crimson. Florists achieve pure blue or black by injecting special dyes into the stem.

The same with rainbow roses - they are artificially created. Growing them in your garden is pure fantasy so don`t let tricksters take you for a ride - e.h., smart guys sell rainbow rose seeds on auction sites.


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