hardening off plants - Knowledgebase Question

jacksonville, Fl
Question by iloveturtles
February 25, 2010
could i just hen its warm out side plant seeds in peat pots and keep them out there and not have to harden them off and can i harden plants (peas) off that are about 1 and a half months old?

Answer from NGA
February 25, 2010


Hardening off seedlings is simply a matter of exposing them to outdoor temperatures and sunlight. It's a gradual process where you set the plants outdoors during the day and take them in at night if nighttime temperatures are cold; placing them in an area of the garden that's shady and moving them to sunnier and sunnier spots prior to planting them. The entire process takes only about a week. If you are planting the seeds outdoors rather than indoors, you don't need to harden off the plants. As the seeds sprout they will be accustomed to the outdoor weather. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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