when to start hardening off my plants

John_JJ(5)April 28, 2013

im in 5b when should i start
im going to use the laundry basket method.
should i put them in direct sun with the basket over them or put them in shade with the basket over them

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susanzone5(z5NY)

Start in another 2 weeks. Last frost is May 15.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 2:05PM
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mandolls(4)

It depends on the plants - things that can stand a bit of cold can easily start going out now. I am in zone 4 and have started hardening off cole crop stuff and petunias. In my 10 day forecast there are only two nights when it will drop below 40 degrees - I assume it is warmer where you are. I often have planted out peas, broccoli, cabbage etc before now, but the snow just kept coming this year.

I'll be waiting on peppers eggplant and tomatoes for a few weeks.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 2:34PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

In your zone? Other than cole crops if you have some, a couple of weeks anyway. Maybe 3. No need to start it until a week before plant out which is end of May for you.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 5:43PM
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