The Q&A Archives: Too Much Rain

Question: It's been rainy and cloudy for 4 days in New England. How much water and cloudiness can my transplants (planted 5/12/00) and seeds (planetd 5/18/00) take? The temperature hasn't been too cold but there's been no sun.

Answer: Actually, cloudy weather is ideal for transplants because it gives their roots time to grow into the surrounding soil without putting pressure on the foliage to grow or transpire as much. Rain also helps settle the soil and keep them hydrated while they adjust. The only detriment is if there is heavy rain that literally causes them to break. Seeds also need a steady moisture level in order to germinate, so some rain is not necessarily a bad thing. There is a possibility of them washing away or rotting if the soil is saturated but this doesn't usually happen unless your garden is poorly drained. They will probably be fine.

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