Growing Season

Last updated: October 30, 2018

What Does Growing Season Mean?

A growing season is the period of the year during which the temperature, sunlight and rainfall are adequate for regular plant growth. It should be noted that the growing season varies according to different crops and plants. In most cases, growing seasons depend on the plant's genetic adaptation. Some horticulturalists choose to group their plants into different macro-environmental categories during growing season.

Longer growing seasons have been shown to encourage numerous harvests from one single plot of land. Still, lengthier growing seasons may also be disruptive to some kinds of plants since they also encourage the growth of harmful weeds.


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Growing seasons are often defined by geographic conditions. For example, the climate, region, elevation above sea level, and general elevation have a direct impact on a plant's growth. Gardens close to the ocean often benefit from an extended growing season, because proximity to the water creates more moderate conditions that are ideal for growth. In the desert or hot climates, however, horticulturalists often have to manually extend the growing season by diverting water directly onto the plants.


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