Japan's climate

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:51:03 PDT

From: T O <enoster@hotmail.com>
Date: June 10, 2014 

Subject: RE: Japan's climate

>> : Japanese plants fail in my garden because
>> (I believe) the annual pattern of rainfall is exactly opposite from that in
>> Japan.

Climate alone isn't enough to determine what a plant needs to survive elsewhere in the world. Elevation, latitude, relative location to the ocean, which side of the mountain (for example: east or west side.

Take for example Meconopsis betonicifolia, the Himalayan blue poppy. In its native habitat it experiences full sun in scree conditions at high elevation kept relatively dry.  When brought to a lowland garden (like my garden in Rogue River, around 1200ft) it requires fast draining soil in partial shade and for the soil to be moist.

That's my two cents

-Travis Owen

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