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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?

Thanks!


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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!

Keriann~


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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.


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