It’s that time of year again, when the weather has warmed up enough for your seedlings to go out into the garden. But before you plant, you will want to read this first! Your plants can be severely damaged or killed if you move them from inside your home to outside in the garden without properly acclimating. It is very important to acclimate your seedlings to the sun and outdoor elements before planting them. Here’s how to do it.
On day one, you will want to put your plants outside in the sun for a half an hour. After the half an hour, bring them back inside or into a shaded part of the garden for the rest of the day.
On day two, move them out into sun for a full hour. Move the seedling back inside or into full shade after the hour’s up.
Day three, move your seedlings out for two hours, then move them into shade for the rest of the day.
Day four they are out for three hours, then shade.
Each consecutive day, increase the time your seedlings are out by an hour until you reach eight hours.
Once you have hit the eight hour mark, you are good to leave your sun-loving babies out all day! This is a tedious process but trust me, it’s very important to keep your seedlings healthy.