Harden off seedlings being placed under floating row cover?

Prachi(6b (NJ))April 10, 2014

I have a floating row cover set up over one of my raised beds, can I just place a tray of cool crop seedlings (arugula and spinach) under the floating row cover and let them stay there for a few days before planting them out. Or do I need to do a more formal hardening off (bring them in take them out, etc. etc)

(I have been monitoring the night time temps and they don't go below 30 degrees ... if they do I will bring them in).

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

You can try it but you will have to monitor them closely for the first several hours. It is still a drastic change in environment of temps, wind, and sun exposure so it should be a gradual process. Cold-turkey very seldom works and most every time someone tries to get around the restrictions of proper hardening off they live to regret it.

Dave

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