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groseille

I live in the coastal south, a separate reality from the Southeast. It really is a separate reality dealing with heat and humidity and night time temperatures that never seem cool down enough, anything in constant full sun fights for its life!

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lanthon1950

To groseille: I agree that coastal south IS a separate reality from SE and wish there were more info for us, especially who are new to the area. Also would like more info on back yard citrus care.

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jhprince

Groselille, thanks for this comment. I am in the coastal Southeast too, in Norfolk, Va, an entirely "separate reality" from the interior Southeast. Explaining the differences in larger gardening/landscape circles is like talking in Chinese to folks here. We are also mis-identified as "Mid Atlantic" in climate and flora, of course which we are not. The distinctions need to be made. We are dealing with palms and evergreens here, subtropicals, all historically so. Not citrus so much but other deeply warm climate species. The problems with generically lumping entire regions under one name (I know there are space issues but we are way beyond this excuse now) is that for example the plants often pictured under "Southeast" ideas -in common landscape garden articles- end up being plants that are used over the entire East Coast all the way into Maine, I am sure to appeal to a broad range. The reality is far different however. This causes, and has caused -because of the incorrect use and recommendation of northeast plant species here as stalwarts- serious environmental degradation and waste of money and time, because of the constant replacing of these species due to heat and humidity and constant market of sprays and fungicides and fertilizers simply to keep these out-of-range species alive. This is serious business. In our instance here in Norfolk, we have recently been lumped into "Mid Atlantic" in climate and flora, a confusion that does not fit with the science in which we are and have been historically "South Atlantic" and "Lower South". Mid Atlantic is most definitely the northeast US, from northern Virginia north. Southern Virginia and coastal SE Va is South Atlantic. So, more clarity of details in this field is necessary.

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