The Q&A Archives: Hardening Off Tomato Seedlings

Question: I have started some tomato plants from Burpee tomato seeds. Should they be kept in direct sunlight as much as possible? I have been putting them outside on pretty days but several of them have died. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Debbie Hunter. Maryland

Answer: Keep them inside, especially on windy, cool days, because they aren't used to being out in the elements yet. About one week before you're ready to send them into the garden, harden off the plants by putting them out the first day for about 1-2 hours in protected from winds and in part shade, the second day a little longer and so on until by the 6th day they can stay out overnight.

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