safe outdoor temps to harden-off seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Jim Tomczak
Mobile, Al
Small perennial garden 8b-2011>
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Question by JimT
February 25, 2011
I started/Gazania,Tri-color daisy,Cilantro,Basil,inside using T5HO 4'8 bulb fixture 1/12/11.with great results the 144 plants have been potted up to 3


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Answer from NGA
February 25, 2011

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You can harden off your seedlings by setting them outdoors in a shady spot during the daytime and bringing them back in at night. Over the course of a week, keep them outdoors for longer and longer periods of time, until they are spending 24 hours outdoors. After they've acclimated to being outdoors all day and all night, begin moving them gradually into sunnier spots. Start with a few hours of morning sun, increasing their exposure to all day sunshine. This process will also take about a week. By then they will be ready to be planted in their permanent locations. Best wishes with your seedlings.

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