Kentucky: Plant Hardiness Zones, Climate & Soil Conditions

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Kentucky is a leading agriculture state in the United States, producing corn, soybeans, hay, tobacco, and a variety of other crops and livestock.

The state’s agricultural industry contributes billions of dollars to the economy each year and provides tens of thousands of jobs for the state.

US Plant Hardiness Zone for Kentucky

Let us see what the US Plant Hardiness Zone says about the state.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map For Kentucky


the state experiences a humid subtropical climate with an oceanic climate in the highlands of the southeast.

The state of Kentucky belongs to zone 6 and 7a. Summers are hot, wet, and humid. During summer temperatures repeatedly cross the 95°F (35°C) mark in July.

On the other hand, winters are cold, but short of bitter, with night temperatures below 23°F (-5°C) in January.


The state receives an average of 45 inches of annual rainfall, with the south-central region up to 12 inches rainier than the north.

The northern region receives 38 inches of precipitation compared to 50 inches in the south.

Snowfall is moderate ranging from 15 to 20 inches in the winter, mainly in the north and east.

Soil Type

The below map shows the soil types present in the state.

Soil Order Of Kentucky

Soil / Sub OrderLocationCharacteristics
Inceptisols/Udepts and AqueptsUdepts are found in the Northern and Eastern Cumberland and Aquepts in the Western coalfield region of the state.1. Udepts are mainly freely drained Inceptisols that have a udic or perudic moisture regime.
2. Aquepts are wet Inceptisols that require artificial draining due to their poor natural drainage.
Alfisols/UdalfsIt is found across the state except in the Eastern Cumberland1. Udalfs have a udic moisture regime.
Entisols/Aquents and FluventsIn the southwestern portion of the state.1. Aquents are the wet Entisols
2. Fluvents are the more or less freely drained Entisols that formed in recent water-deposited sediments. Stratification of the materials is normal.
Ultisols/UdultsIn the eastern and the southern region of the state1. Udults are the more or less freely drained, relatively humus-poor Ultisols that have a udic moisture regime.
Mollisols/UdollsVery few amounts are found in the northwestern part across the boundary of the state.1. Udolls are the more or less freely drained Mollisols of humid climates.

Best Fruits / Veggies to Grow in the State

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