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Hardening Off Question

Posted by davemichigan z 5/6 (SE Michigan) (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 29, 10 at 10:26

I started my seeds a little late (like around April 11). Now I have seedlings that just have true leaves coming out, but I have passed our first frost date (4/15).

The temperature for the next 3 days will be from 57F to 71F. After that it will go down a little: next week it will be 42F to 68F.

I am going to put the seedlings out today. My question is, with the temperatures mentioned above, do I still need to take them in each day? It looks like there won't be any frost in the night anymore.

TIA!


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RE: Hardening Off Question

For the first few days, no matter what the night time temperature is predicted to be, I take my plants in at night. After a few days of that, if we're predicted a mild night, I'll leave them out. From that point, I'll play it by ear. If it's a little cool, I'll leave them out; if it's predicted to be nasty, I'll bring them in.

I don't like to risk undoing all my good, careful seed starting results by being "greedy" about hardening them off.


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