What is over hardening?

AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)May 13, 2014

I came across this term while reading some information on transplants but there is no clear definition of what this means. I thought I would ask the experts here.

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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I have never heard of "over hardening". My take would be leaving the plants in the pots longer than the optimum time before setting them out. I try to harden plants off from day 1.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:15AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Not a term normally used with the process of hardening-off plants.

Likely just a term someone made up to cover plants that have been kept from transplanting for some reason for far too long so are heavily stressed - sun scorched, wind burned, too big, too small containers, root bound, blooming or even setting fruit while still in small containers, etc.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:33AM
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Probably a new term for a stunted plant for the reason stated by dave.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 3:57PM
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AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

Thanks everyone, that's what I thought. :)

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 12:48AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Wayne said it best: Just keeping the plant in the original pot for two log, when it starts getting root bound, midgitized. I have one such plant, way past hardening off, that I have no room for it. Little by little, a lot of plants that you buy from nurseries will be over hardened, root bound.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 1:39AM
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