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What happens if you transplant without hardening off?

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What happens if you transplant without hardening off?

Post  dizzygardener on 3/22/2011, 10:36 am

Is there anyone out there who does not harden off their seedlings? Do they survive? Are they stunted? Or, do they all die?

Just curious.

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Re: What happens if you transplant without hardening off?

Post  elliephant on 3/22/2011, 11:09 am

It depends on how extreme the difference is between where they came from and where they are going. I keep our house at 78 degrees (A/C year round here, pretty much). When the weather outside is within a few degrees of that I have transplanted without hardening off. I've also transplanted in hotter weather after only a couple of days of "hardening off" by putting them on our shady porch and just leaving them there. They've done fine.

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Re: What happens if you transplant without hardening off?

Post  herbarium on 3/22/2011, 11:24 am

Changes in temperature and light levels can be stressful for plants besides just the stress that can come with transplanting. If you don't harden them off they could die or it could slow their growth.
So, although I know it is recommended I rarely harden off my plants. I do try to transplant on a day when the light levels and temperatures will be less stressful. I also usually start my seeds in either compressed peat pots on my Aerogarden which reduces the stress caused by transplanting because there is less damage to the roots. I also sometimes cover the transplants once they are in the ground - either to shade them or to protect them from colder temperatures.

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