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Jenn22
May 2, 2020 5:34 PM CST
Hi there, I think I may have left my hollyhock out for too long in the wind. I've been trying to harden it off but it was quite windy today and now all of my plants are very droopy, so are my tomato plants too. I'm wondering if I take them back in and start putting them in a more sheltered outdoor spot if they'll come back? Should they perk back up once inside? Anything I should do?

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Jenn
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 9:21 PM CST
Did you water them?
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Jenn22
May 2, 2020 10:12 PM CST
I have, yes!!!
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 10:25 PM CST
When they wilt, is the soil still damp?
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Jenn22
May 3, 2020 9:33 AM CST
Yes, it is. I'm actually unsure of how much water they like to be honest though. They don't seem to wilt when when they're dry, or right when I water them either so I'm not sure if that's it or not. One of them also has some brown on the leaves. I'll attach a pic. They do seem better after sitting inside all night.

My lupins definitely seem to get soft when I water them, so not sure if that's from the water or also from the wind? Maybe I'm over watering?

So if it is the wind, how is it that I properly harden these plants off?

Thanks so much for your help, I'm a beginner Gardner.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 9:53 AM CST
In such small pots, the soil is going to dry quickly. Wind is very dehydrating for plants and soil. I was trying to determine if, when they started to wilt, it was a sign the little pots had become too dry. If they wilt when you water, that's a different problem, but I don't know why that would happen.

In pots that small and outside, I could visualize you having to water every morning and every night.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Jenn22
May 3, 2020 10:05 AM CST
Oh wow, I am definitely not watering that often. Like maybe every couple of days. So I guess that's my next question then, how dry should soil be before you water and how damp once you do water? Do I water until the water comes out the bottom? Then do I want to keep them consistently damp, or do I wait for the soil to dry, like fully dry, and then water again?

Oh my gosh, I'm so thankful for this help, lol.

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slowcala
May 3, 2020 10:33 AM CST
Welcome! here Jenn. When you water your Hollyhock seedlings make sure you see water run out the bottom of the pots. You should only have to water 3 x a week. When they reach the height of 6-8 inches you will need to stake them for support.

The Lupine should be ok with 3x a week watering also. If you can go to farmers almanac online and check for your last frost date or you can actually check on this site. I think it is listed on the drop down menu for Tools & Apps at the top of the page.

Hollyhocks are a favorite of mine and they will have a brown leaf or two along the way. I would get them into the garden asap because they will do better in garden soil. Good luck.

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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 10:50 AM CST
Light bulb moment D'Oh! (its amazing what a hot shower can do for brain function Smiling ). Plants respirate through their leaves as part of the chemical reaction of photosynthesis. Some plants repirate during the day, but most at night. But, if the process of resiration is faster than the plant can absorb water (or if there's not enough water), they wilt.

As your plants are in plastic pots, you can feel when they need water by weight. Lift them right after you water. Lift them before you water (when you know they are dry). Feel the difference?

Yes, water until some flows out the bottom but, don't let them sit in water. Don't fertilize.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Northern BC, Canada
Jenn22
May 3, 2020 11:02 AM CST
Wow, thank you both Soooo much, I really appreciate the guidance and support!!!! ❤️

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