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.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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.

Dave

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:33AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
farmerdill

Probably a new term for a stunted plant for the reason stated by dave.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 3:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
AiliDeSpain(6a - Utah)

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

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 12:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Boo hoo! Purple sprouting broccoli didn't survive the winter!
I was looking forward to early broccoli this year....
ffreidl z5a
Planting two seeds. Should I keep both?
I've always heard you should plant 2-3 seeds per container...
asunk00
Will I be too late to start a vegetable garden for the summer?
Hello! My husband and I will be moving from Florida...
merritt623
Artichoke Failure, HELP!!!
I am in zone 7a, middle TN, and attempting to grow...
Trinacria
WHO calls Roundup a probable carcinogen
Very interesting... I tend to remain neutral towards...
Peter (6b SE NY)
Sponsored Products
Annency 39 in. Wall Clock - 40712
$218.00 | Hayneedle
Sundance Multicolor 23-Inch Square Floor Pillow
$36.99 | Bellacor
Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Safavieh Rugs Wyndham Grey/Ivory 6 ft. x 9
Home Depot
Modus Wall Sconce by Quorum International
$59.00 | Lumens
Lippa 48" Fiberglass Dining Table in Black
$537.00 | LexMod
Ceramic Speaker Set - Version 2 - Joey Roth
$495.00 | HORNE
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™