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Anyone familiar with Lorida, Florida?

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IHB1979

Super excited, I found some land I’m interested in, near Lake Istokpoga and Lorida. This is zone 9b but curious if anyone is familiar with the area. Is it a low 9b, middle or high? Lorida is northeast of the lake by a couple miles so probably doesn’t have a microclimate. I’m going down there next weekend to check it out. I love fishing and this lake has some nice bass and LOTS of gators. My plan is to get the property, start a new garden and build a cottage over the next couple years. I can’t find anything affordable near me in Brevard county, except swamp acreage.

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kinzyjr

@IHB1979

I would say a relatively mild 9b with lots of daytime heat.  It's at roughly the same latitude as the south end of Sebring, so @Walt down in Lake Placid would know more than me.  I've driven through there on the way to a few jobs in Okeechobee.  There are some data sheets in Excel format for you to review to see some of readings over time in the area.  The Archbold station is the cold spot.  Down that way, your microclimate during radiational freezes will most likely be determined more by your elevation and canopy since you'll be on the wrong side of the water.

GHCNDUSW00092827_Sebring23SSEFL_20071209_20200822.xlsx GHCNDUSC00080236_ArchboldBioStationFL_19690101_20200727.xlsx GHCNDUSC00080488_BasingerFL_19130203_19650228.xlsx GHCNDUSC00080369_KAVO_AvonParkFL_18920401_20200708.xlsx GHCNDUSC00084845_LakePlacidFL_19330301_19681231.xlsx GHCNDUSC00089184_VenusFL_19280614_19510930.xlsx

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IHB1979

Thanks, kinzyjr! 

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IHB1979

You are correct, the property is on the cold side of the lake. The elevation ranges 68-72 feet. Not the lowest in the area but no where near the heights of 100+ feet on the west side of the lake closer to Lake Placid. 
 
I’m curious to hear from @Walt. I saw some other properties located south of Kissimmee Prairie State Park in what’s called, “Viking Estates.” That area looks to be as cold as Lorida. 

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kinzyjr

@IHB1979 Wow, you're really moving out there in Deliverance man!  The interactive zone map has areas around Lorida between 27.4 and 28.4 just from spot checking (I used zip code 33857 to zoom to the area).  That's effectively the same range as most areas in Bartow and Lakeland here in Polk County.  Was there a list of palms you have your heart set on growing there?

I'm interested to see what input Walt can offer as well.  He's pretty familiar with how temperatures vary in the area.

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IHB1979

The Prairie would be my last option. :bemused:

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