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What is over hardening?

Posted by AiliDeSpain 6a - Utah (My Page) on
Tue, May 13, 14 at 23:02

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.

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RE: What is over hardening?

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.

RE: What is over hardening?

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Wed, May 14, 14 at 10:33

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.


RE: What is over hardening?

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

RE: What is over hardening?

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

RE: What is over hardening?

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.

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