“Hardening Off” the Seedlings, the Continuing Saga

Well, if you read the posts from yesterday, you see that I decided to put all the seedlings (which are growing like weeds and are really beyond the “seedling” stage already) outside to enjoy the weather. Then with the chances of impending storms I ran back over and brought everything in for the night. (And, as I predicted, that resulted in us getting NO rain or excessively nasty weather. Ah, the joys of gardening and trying to guess the weather!)

Well, everything is back outside today, although I am monitoring it pretty closely. I fertilized and watered with a soluble fertilizer before putting everything back outside. When I wandered out to look things over this afternoon, I saw that the eggplant are looking a trifle wilty despite being well-watered. My guess is that they are just not quite ready for the hot temperatures, and can’t replace the water they are losing fast enough. I gave them a sprinkle with the hose to see if that helps cool them down a bit, but I’ll probably bring them back in later this afternoon.

Wilty Peppers and EggplantThe peppers and eggplant are looking a bit droopy.

The tomatoes are looking very good overall, but it is interesting to note the differences among the varieties.

Scorched Roma TomatoThis Roma VF tomato plant has a pretty bad case of sunburn.

Golden Rave RomasOn the other hand, these ‘Golden Rave’ Roma tomatoes look like they couldn’t be happier outside. (These were the ones that kept growing up to touch my lights, so maybe they are more adapted to the heat?)

I will probably leave most of the plants outside tomorrow, then bring them back inside for the weekend, since I won’t be around to babysit.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on April 23, 2009, in Around the Garden, Family of 4 Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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