Daylilies forum: I think I fried my little seedlings...please help!

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Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
May 16, 2017 5:29 PM CST
I had a few seedlings that sprouted earlier than my other little ones. Bear in mind that this is only my second time trying seeds. Last year I had 10 survive of the 30 or so I started with ☹️. Anyway, I had planned on planting these last fall and growing them indoors to plant this spring...but that didn't happen. I thought I would go ahead and give them a try anyway, since most of these aren't really great crosses and I want to try to figure out how to keep the seedlings alive before I do get some really good crosses.

I had about 20 seedlings that sprouted early. I originally had them inside, but thought I would put them outside in this little greenhouse I got. It got pretty warm yesterday, and they are really droopy now. Should I trim off the wilted leaves or let them be?

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What do you all suggest as far as the best method to grow the rest of my seedlings now in my area...indoor or outdoor? If I germinate them til they just start showing green and then immediately put them in trays outdoors will they have a better chance? I would like to put them permanently in the outdoor seedling bed late August once our summer breaks, do they will be growing in trays and/or pots for a few months.
Amber
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 16, 2017 5:55 PM CST
I would give them until tomorrow just in case some wilted parts can recover overnight. If they don't then you could trim them off. Was the greenhouse in full sun? Is the potting mix they are growing in always as wet as it looks in the pics?

When seedlings have been growing indoors and you want to transition them to outdoors it is better to start them off in the shade and gradually increase the amount of sun they get each day.
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
May 16, 2017 6:04 PM CST
The greenhouse got afternoon sun. The soil isn't always that wet. I gave them water right before the pic because it was bone dry...from the heat I assumed.

I naively thought that if they were in a greenhouse that they wouldn't need the hardening off...I know better now. But if I start them outside from the get go will they do better?
Amber
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Name: Sabrina
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cybersix
May 17, 2017 7:10 AM CST
I had the same thing happening in march, the sun was unusually hot... so the seedlings suffered. I put them out of the greenhouse, and they recovered well. Let them in aplace they get some air too, so soil can dry.
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