Return to the Growing from Seed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Hardening Off Question

Posted by jerem 5b (My Page) on
Tue, May 11, 10 at 22:18

Hi i know you have to harden off older seedlings for a week or so before leaving them out but what about new seedlings do they need to be hardened off? For example if i presprout Some seeds and as soon as they sprout and germinate i put them out in the garden the same day do they still need to be hardened off or is hardening off only for seedlings that are older?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Hardening Off Question

My rule of thumb....

If they are planted outside or are still beneath the soil, no hardening off... but I also take into effect temps and soil moisture. If you grew your seeds in 90* temps inside and then you put them out at 50*.. that would not be good, even if they have not poked through the soil yet. Same as a downpour when they are used to peaceful moist soil.

Hardening off only takes a few days to a week at most. It is well worth the effort to save your seeds!


RE: Hardening Off Question

FWIW, I've never "hardened off" seeds I've soaked and presprouted for direct sowing. I'm not sure how you'd even do it, since you want to plant them as soon as they sprout.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Growing from Seed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here