hardening off ?

adidas(6/7)April 8, 2014

Hello.

I didn't start them from seed but bought some Asclepias incarnata plants (swamp milkweed) online. I was in a rush and did not stop to consider that at the size of about 6 inches high, mature leaves etc...these plants HAD to have been grown in a greenhouse/inside. I planted them outside and am fully expecting them not to make it. I am in Northern VA on a mt so still night time temps in 30's (generally not subfreezing though) and the wind can be strong at times...I did nothing to harden these plants off...so the question I have is and I know there's no definitive answer but best guess...if these plants were to succumb...would I be seeing signs of demise by 3 or 4 days? My 8 yr old has already given names to these plants...so if/when they die I am going to be answering to her :(

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Give them some cover protection. If in pots move to some shade, if temps are that cool, cover - even a gallon milk jug with the bottom cut out and the lid left off works like a mini-greenhouse. There are many things you can do to help insure their survival.

Dave

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adidas(6/7)

Thanks Dave. They looked awful this morning...it was windy and sunny...not too hot but I think the wind is hard on them. Anyway, I double bagged some paper grocery bags, cut out the bottoms, turned the bottom edges out (secured w/stones) and placed them over the milkweeds. They looked considerably more perky this evening! Phew! Daughter has calmed down (a bit) :)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:22PM
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