Seeds forum: Hardening off

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 19, 2012 5:08 AM CST

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I can't seem to get all this stuff hardened off. It's hot then cold, or it's too windy, or it's a monsoon... I'm just sick of babying so many things. I might plant some in their final big pots this weekend. Then I can just put a few big pots in the garage overnight if it's too cold.

My bacopa are blooming under lights, and impatiens have flower buds. The tiny cells of coleus that I grew for my bloommaster pots need watered daily. If I can get them into their final big pots they'll be a little more self sufficient. I'm thinking maybe this weekend.

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 19, 2012 6:50 PM CST

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A few pics
Impatiens really want to escape
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Bacopa, a couple of verbena, a couple begonias, (and a phlox that I bought)
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More begonias
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Some wintersown sprouts
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More wintersown
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Heuchera wintersown last year, just starting to bloom
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 19, 2012 7:05 PM CST
I know what you mean. This is the worst part. After taking care of this stuff for so long you hate to see them damaged now.
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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Apr 21, 2012 12:30 PM CST
You really have many to contend with.
I know what you mean about the weather. Some days it is so cold and windy, next it will be hot and then back to being rain/cold possible snow mix here. I have my daylily seedings on my covered front porch hardening off. They have to take it. I can't keep anymore in the house as I'm already well on my way to doing my vegetables and herbs indoors and the other perennials I started last month indoors are hogging the grow lights.

I'm disgusted with this years seed starting which started out so great but going downhill. Did I tell you about the winter sow jugs I tried that blew away? I still haven't found the jugs. Crying
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 21, 2012 12:37 PM CST

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Been there, done that, too Julia.

The wind is an issue for me in hardening off too. This stuff in little pots and cells just blow away too easily. I'm getting sick of it all too. I just want everything in the ground or big giant pots that don't need water every time I turn around. I just watered again, took close to an hour to bottom water everything. Why do I do this to myself??? I know better!

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JuliaNY
Apr 21, 2012 2:06 PM CST
I set up my rain barrel the other day. It may be a mistake as they are forecasting us to have very cold temps and possibility of snow on Monday. I just wish Old Man Winter would let go.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 21, 2012 2:57 PM CST
I hear you about the wind! I wish I could afford to plant a bunch of trees for windbreak on the north end of our place! Julia, I have about a dozen daylily seedlings to deal with and I am VERY new to daylilies. They're in 4 inch pots in the GH right now. Do I need to put them in bigger pots before I try to start hardening them off? I know, I know, I should ask this over on the daylily forum, but you mentioned you had some seedlings........ Whistling
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springcolor
Apr 21, 2012 4:03 PM CST
Yes, I do and I did it last year as well. Whistling Whistling This is what i did but I think with daylilies its hard to mess up. I think they should be fine in 4 inch unless they are giant. After you get them acustom to the outdoors then bump up to larger. That what I did last year. This years are still in 4 inch. I didn't plant last year until like October and everone is growing. I'll take some pictures.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 21, 2012 4:11 PM CST
These are just teeny babies, only been above ground for about a month or so. Smiling That sounds like a plan. Thanks!
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 21, 2012 4:54 PM CST
In that case keep in 4 inch.
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These are from Feb or March
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Last year. I planted them out late. around October.

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These are from Flowerchild last year. She is haveing a clump sale right know here on ATP. If you wanted new daylilies shes the gal. Just amazing plants come in the mail I ordered more from her this year.
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Another picture of last years seedlings. Still small, they look beter in person Lovey dubby I'm a proud mom.
some iris in there too from a trade.
I would keep those seedlings out of the wind. You know that but had to put that out there.




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Mine are in this. So they are protected but no heat in there just a fan
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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Apr 21, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Woofie: I start mine in 16oz red cups till I plant them out in May. I wouldn't change size unless you plan to keep them potted versus putting them in the ground and you can do that in June. Depending on the number of seedlings, I've planted as many as 5 seedlings in a 3 gallon pot. Daylilies are fairly hardy based on the cross or registered one you have. I have alot of them here both registered and seedlings. This year I decided to keep the seed starting to a minimum and not try to do so many. I wanted to focus on other perennials.

My poor daylily babies are getting wind blown now as the winds are coming in from the north again. BUT, it will surely harden them off.

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Apr 21, 2012 5:32 PM CST
Some things in the greenhouse.
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Pink Shrimp plant. When we went to TX. I took a few cuttings from a park. Whistling
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My Dragon Wings. I think they need some food!
I'm a little over whelmed and I spend to much time here Shrug!
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 21, 2012 5:36 PM CST
Sorry, I thought you were asking me. I'm Julia and respond to that as well as spring Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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JuliaNY
Apr 21, 2012 5:39 PM CST
Don't worry, more replies the better and love the pics. Wish I had a greenhouse but we will see what happens this year. Whistling I only wish to spend more time than I ought to in one.
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Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 21, 2012 6:42 PM CST
Smiling Sort of figured we had two Julias here. Now if Juli shows up we can get really confused! My little seedlings look a lot like your first picture. They are probably going to stay in pots, at least for a while. I have very limited area for planting things in the ground, but I have LOTS of room for pots! I'm really looking forward to seeing what the blooms from mine look like; some of them are crosses from Blissful Blackberry Pie, over which I drool a lot! Hilarious!

I'm getting grumpy because I don't get to spend enough time in my GH. Sigh, between taking care of a handful of orphaned goat kids, looking after a couple of wild-eyed new goats that have some dread malady, keeping my dogs from eating one another, and trying to keep us all fed, my green babies are being neglected. Angry I have so darn many seedlings that need to be potted up.....and nowhere near enough room to put them all!
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 22, 2012 4:36 AM CST

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After the extremely warm March here we're having our usual challenging April weather, cold to warm and back again. It's 39° now, low tonight 36°. Nonetheless, I plan to plant my bloommaster pots later this week when the weather warms. They can live on the porch and on cold nights I'll stick them in the garage overnight. Combined, those 2 pots will take something like 30 or 35 (or more) seedlings and cuttings and reduce what I have to babysit inside the house.

Karen
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Apr 22, 2012 5:33 PM CST

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I am a slacker somehow I missed this thread.. I moved some plants back into the basement since we have this nor-easter moving in tonight.. figured it is cool enough down there and they won't get trashed

been raining all day more or less.. and the big stuff is not hitting us until 10 or so.. and supposed to keep up all night Blinking
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Apr 22, 2012 5:52 PM CST

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I hope it's not too bad, Allison.

Just cold and windy here. Now they're saying 33* tonight but freeze warnings are for counties just north and west of us. I put my tender wintersown sprouts like tomatoes, zinnias, and marigolds in the garage overnight. I left the perennials outside. I've already chopped off some of the jug tops, so I just threw towels over them. They're on their own.

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Apr 23, 2012 5:11 PM CST
We got several inches of snow here. Sad Power has been on and off today.
Just another hurdle to jump.
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Apr 23, 2012 6:05 PM CST

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I hope it settles and you have power, Julia.

Karen

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