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      To plant or not to plant?

      The U.P. can have a harsh climate for gardening. For Monday's Facebook story, viewers wanted to know which plants can make it and which ones can't.

      It can be a harsh winter for a rose in the U.P. Lawn specialists say different thorns grow in different zones.

      "Its hardiness zone for the plants that are sent in to different locations so that those plants will grow in those particular areas," said Nancy Peterson, a live nursery specialist.

      Here's how it works. The nation's climate ranges between zones two and eleven. In the U.P., we have a few: zones three, four, and five. Plants must fall in one of those categories to live. Many of our Facebook fans say lilies, tulips and daffodils thrive in their gardens.

      "My mother-in-law used to plant daffodils all over. They still pop up and stay pretty even through the snow," said Facebook fan Linda Schwake.

      That's because most are zone four plants. They can sustain temperatures of 30 below freezing. Calla lilies are great in the springtime, but even they can't survive the cold of a U.P. winter. If you've already planted them in your garden, experts suggest a very simple task to keep them going for next year: simply remove the soil, remove the bulb of the flower, dry it, and keep it handy to plant next season.

      "Any of those plants that are all zone four will grow here, no problem," Peterson said. "You don't have to cover them, you don't have to wrap them, you don't have to do anything."

      Shrub roses have a better chance of survival, but most patented roses don't make it out alive.