Hardening Off Transplants - Knowledgebase Question

Raymond, MS
Question by lbishop5
April 27, 1998
Can you step me through the process of getting tomato seedlings grown indoors used to the great outdoors?


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Answer from NGA
April 27, 1998

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Hardening off seedlings before transplanting isn't too difficult a process, but plan to spend about a week helping your plants become acclimated to living in the great outdoors. Take the plants outside a place them in a protected, shady area, beginning with a few hours each afternoon for about three days, and bringing them indoors at night. Keep them outdoors for a few hours longer each day for the rest of the week, until they're spending all day, from morning until evening outdoors. They should get a few hours of direct sunlight toward the end of the week. Remember to take them indoors at night. If the weather is good, leave them outdoors all night for two nights. Then transplant them into the garden late in the afternoon and water them well. They should get over the intitial transplant shock and be ready to grow by the next day.

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