Archived Gardening Message Boards

Topic: Flowers & Ornamental Plants

<< Back to message boards home
<< Back to Flowers & Ornamental Plants

View Thread:
hardening off seedlings

hardening off seedlings
Posted by Sue from on 2001-03-22 18:56:14

I have started, for the first time,
several seed starting trays filled with a
variety of perennials. I am now learnig
that before I can transplant these
seedlings to my garden, they need to be
"hardened off," that is, gradually put
outside for increasing amounts of time
each day. Well, I work Monday thru
Friday from 8:30 am to sometimes 8:00 pm.
My question is how am I going to harden
off my seedlings short of taking a week
vacation? Will an hour or so in the
morning or at night be sufficient?
  • Hardening Seedlings
    Posted by Colleen from OR/7 on 2001-03-23 21:43:03

    Quoting Sue: ------------
    -I have started, for the first time,
    -several seed starting trays filled
    with a
    -variety of perennials. I am now
    learnig
    -that before I can transplant these
    -seedlings to my garden, they need to
    be
    "hardened off," that is, gradually put
    -outside for increasing amounts of time
    -each day. Well, I work Monday thru
    -Friday from 8:30 am to sometimes 8:00
    pm.
    -My question is how am I going to
    harden
    -off my seedlings short of taking a
    week
    -vacation? Will an hour or so in the
    -morning or at night be sufficient?
    • Hardening Seedlings
      Posted by Colleen from on 2001-03-23 21:45:19

      Quoting Colleen: OK, I'll try this
      again. When it comes time to hardening
      my seedlings I usually start early in
      the week by putting them out for just a
      couple of hours (like you mentioned
      morning or evening--it would be best to
      do when there is some sunlight out) and
      then when the weekend comes--I have
      time to put the seedlings out for a
      longer period of time and by the time
      Sunday comes along--they're ready to
      stay outside!------------
      -Quoting Sue: ------------
      -I have started, for the first time,
      -several seed starting trays filled
      -with a
      -variety of perennials. I am now
      -learnig
      -that before I can transplant these
      -seedlings to my garden, they need to
      -be
      "hardened off," that is, gradually put
      -outside for increasing amounts of time
      -each day. Well, I work Monday thru
      -Friday from 8:30 am to sometimes 8:00
      -pm.
      -My question is how am I going to
      -harden
      -off my seedlings short of taking a
      -week
      -vacation? Will an hour or so in the
      -morning or at night be sufficient?
GardeningwithKids.org Catalog

Special Report - Garden to Table

— ADVERTISEMENTS —