Thursday, May 7, 2009

Question of the week.........

Is 6 hours of full Florida sun equal to 6 hours of full Vermont sun?

13 comments:

  1. Since Florida is a tad closer to the Equator I think the intensity of the sunlight in Florida is higher than in Vermont. However, there are other factors to consider such as altitude. Are we talking sea level here? I bet that if we measured it (how?) the difference would not be so great. I gamble that that 6 hours of Florida sun are equal to 6.5 hours of Vermont sun.

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  2. 6 hot Southern hours are definitely more intense than 6 of our mild ones. A 6-hour exposure here is safe for plants that require 'half-shade,' whereas in your climate those plants would fry.

    Also, at this latitude the amount of sunlight a patch gets will change significantly over the season. As the days shorten after June, and the sun rides lower and lower in the sky, by early Autumn my 'sunny' plot gets significantly less sunlight and ripening the last tomatoes gets to be quite difficult.

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  3. ...and I'm in CT. Northern Vermont is even worse.

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  4. Dave & Lauraw- Since I'm from New England & now live in Florida I have some experiance here. Obviously I'm not a scientist, but I just believe that I can get by with 4 hours of Florida summer sun and that's close to the 6 hours in New England. The reason this topic is important to me is for 2 reasons:

    1) Most of the seed companies, and even gardeners who write books, seem to be from the Northeast. So when they say you need 6 hours of sun or that you should water 1" per week or whatever advice........I always adjust it for Florida. For instance, I don't think I could water my tomatoes 1" of water per week right now. To qoute Dave "they would fry"! It's been HOT that last week or so.

    2) Just like lauraw.....my garden gets full sun/part shade at different times of the year. So I'm always adjusting my plans around the location of the shade and how long it will stay that way. Right now the North side of my garden is getting shady and will continue to get that way until the middle of June, and then it will get sunnier until my South side starts to get shady. As we speak my squash is only getting about 3 hours of full sun, but it's an intense 3 hours. We'll see how it does!

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  5. Good luck on that! Wish we could bottle that sunshine so when we needed it we could just pour that on the plants! LOL VN8

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  6. I hear you conservative! I planted some plants in 'full sun' here in FL. water, water, water!

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  7. Dennis,
    You are SO right. 6 hours here IS considered Full Sun and lots of it. My vegetable garden only gets about 4-5 hours of sun. It starts in the shade and gradually turns to FS and then the West half is shaded by the oak trees for the rest of the afternoon. The lettuce appreciates the shade right now. I don't even pay attention to the garden books and the seed companies. None of them pertain to us.
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

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  8. See....that's what I'm talking about! It's wierd how Florida has the best growing weather but all the "in the know" stuff is from the Northeast. What a shame.

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