Hard­en­ing off

Matamata Chronicle - - Spring Has Sprung -

If seedlings have been grown in­doors they will be ‘‘soft’’ and there­fore need to be ‘‘hard­ened off’’ be­fore plant­ing into the gar­den. Hard­en­ing off is a process of ex­pos­ing seedlings grad­u­ally to out­door tem­per­a­tures be­fore plant­ing. Place seedlings out­side dur­ing the day and bring them inside at night. Af­ter a week or two the seedlings will be ready to plant in the gar­den. Keep seedlings well wa­tered dur­ing the hard­en­ing-off process and wa­ter them well be­fore plant­ing into the gar­den.

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