Follow these steps in order to harden off your plants!
Hardening off your plants simply means to prepare your plants to be planted outdoors. Preparing your plants by exposing it to the wind, sun and other elements will help them grow stronger and healthier. Exposing your plants to the elements will help ease the transplant, without it your plant may go into shock which will cause stunt in the growth or die due to the sudden change in environment. Follow these steps to ensure your plants are thriving and healthy in the outdoors!
1. The hardening-off process may take anywhere between 7-14 days. We recommend hardening with temperatures over 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. On the first day, we recommend putting the plants in a location that is protected from the sunlight and wind for one hour. Move the plant back indoors after the hour time limit into a warm location.
3. Gradually increase the amount of time the plant is outside to increase the survival rate. The key is gradual exposure to the outside. Please remember not to put plants out on windy days or under 45-50 degrees.
4. After three to four days, you can place the plant in locations that receive more sunlight. Please be advised, if your plants are still considered seedlings, direct exposure to the sun will damage the leaves. Each day the plant will be able to tolerate more hours of the direct sun and wind.
5. If temperatures remain warm throughout the day/night it can be left outside, please check on weather conditions periodically. Please also make sure that the soil does not completely dry up on warmer days.
6. After the initial 7-14 days your plant will be strong enough to be planted outdoor into your garden or a different container.