Hardening off seedlings

rross(NSW Aust)October 24, 2013

I have 9 rose seedlings growing inside near a window in the same conditions my African Violets enjoy. I know that at some stage I'll have to get the rose seedlings used to living outside. Could anyone tell me how to ease them into it? They're around one and a half inches tall and from open pollinated hips of Louise Odier and Souvenir de Madame Bruel, collected from a heritage rose garden so who knows who the pollen parents are. Thanks for any info.

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seil zone 6b MI

Hi, rross! You're coming into spring there so now is the time to start easing them out. Are they still in seed trays or potted up individually? In trays they are easier to take out for a few hours during the warmest part of the day. If potted find some trays to carry them in and out on. Start with just a few hours and gradually work that up to the full day of sun. If there is no longer any chance of frost at night you can also take them out and leave them. Start them out in full shade and gradually work them out to full sun. Either way they should do fine. Roses are pretty tough, even the little guys!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 11:49AM
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rross(NSW Aust)

Thank you, Seil. I've got a shaded outdoor deck. I'll start with that.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 8:02PM
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