This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. I nuked most if not all of my seedlings this year and had to buy some. Hardening off the plants is really just to get them used to the immense change going from Fluorescent lights to the intense light of the Sun. It helps to store your seedlings in trays, at this point, to make transporting the plants easier. Keep in mind it will all be worth it. There are 2 key stages ahead the "Hardening Off" and the actual "Transplant" stage. And of course it was my more exotic peppers that have died or are doing really bad... Cayenne and Jalapeno are doing the best. Place them into your sheltered spot for just two hours on the first day. The best way to harden plants is to put them outside for a few hours the first day and then bring them in at night. Crazy how fast it happened. Important: Hail and strong (and/or) cold winds will probably damage your plants, no matter how careful you have been in hardening them off. As long as the spot is semi-shady and the weather is still they should be fine; make sure they don't need to be watered before putting them out. If you do it gradually and add more sun to the hardening off area each day, they should be able to take full sun, rain and gentle winds after this. Repeat these steps for a few days, gradually giving them more sun and more time outside; It usually takes about 7-10 days to get the tomato and pepper seedlings fully hardened off. About 10 days before you intend to plant, put your transplants outdoors in an area where they'll be protected from the direct sunlight and wind. They are growing fine and you're ready to move to the next step, moving them outdoors. It's been about two months since I planted the seeds and the plants are blooming. We usually associate the process of ‘hardening off’ with getting used to the cooler conditions outside, particularly at night. It's def. To harden seedlings, bring them outside for 1/2 an hour under dappled light on the first day. hardening off more pertains to plants started under lights. They need to be gradually hardened to outdoor conditions. The selection of plants available from most nurseries, discount stores and grocery stores is … Each day, increase the number of hours they are exposed to sunshine until finally after 3 or 4 days you can leave them out all night. Sigh. When you plan your garden, put okra, eggplant, and peppers where they'll receive the maximum amount of direct sunlight. Then the next day, put them out for 2 hours. The process of hardening off home-grown transplants should start 2 to 3 weeks before planting day. Practice a little tough love now and they will be ready to face the outside world soon. 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