Hardening Off Seedlings: love the idea

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Hardening Off Seedlings

By chelle
May 12, 2012

When you need to be away for the day and you're not sure about continuing weather conditions, evergreen trees or low-branched leafy shrubs can help babysit your seedlings while you're away.

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Name: Vicki
Midwest Wisconsin (Zone 4a)
May 12, 2012 6:30 AM CST
Love the idea and have been doing it for years. Have one shade area that is my nursery every year. Good one for other people to know.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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May 12, 2012 6:57 AM CST
It's truly a life-saver, isn't it? I've even had plants live there in their cups all summer, and bloom! Whistling I started way too many Agastache seeds last year, and some never made it in the ground. *Blush*
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Name: Mike Stewart
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May 12, 2012 7:15 AM CST
Good suggestions, as I am hardening many plants off this week.
Name: Renée
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May 12, 2012 8:46 AM CST
Yes, this is a great idea, and it really works! Thanks for spreading the word.
Name: Linda
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May 12, 2012 8:06 PM CST
I use the trees more for shelter from the unrelenting strong sunlight here, but also they help protect against hail and such. Good suggestion!
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Name: Gigi
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Apr 6, 2013 7:37 PM CST
I'm reviving this topic by agreeing that this is a great idea! This is also very timely now that it is springtime again. My front garden is full sun but I have bushes that protects my prized plumeria seedlings when I'm getting them acclimated to their regular environment on spring time and they also protect them from the hot summer months.

It is like having a baby seedling sitters and you don't have to pay them! Hurray!
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