Plants are growing here in a greenhouse kept above freezing at night. But
in the day, due to heat, they are much farther ahead in foliage than they would
When they arrive, you need to help them make the
transition from our greenhouses (no frost, no wind, no full direct sun) as well as several days in a pitch black box to whatever
your weather is. Short of a Hurricane or Snowstorm, don't bring the plants
into your home when they arrive. Homes are for people -- too dry, too
warm, etc. If they must be inside at night, use a cool porch or garage,
etc. You're goal is to get them used to being outside -- no place on the inside of your house will do
that AND they need light!
1. If you still Subject to Frost:
a. Place the plants in a lightly shaded spot,
protected from strong wind
b. Bring them in at night if FROST or a FREEZE is
Do not at any point
bring them inside your WARM house! Bringing them into a truly warm place is
counterproductive. You're trying to get them used to the cold! An
unheated porch or garage is ideal if you're having a freeze/frost. Then put them back out the next day.
c. Do this 'hardening off' for a week, gradually
moving the plants farther out of the protected spot so they also get used to wind.
d. Even after 'hardening off', plants will still
need to be covered if you're going to have a frost and really, really covered if
a hard FREEZE is predicted -- about 28 degrees or colder.
2. If you're past Frost but very Windy or very Hot &
a. Plants still need
to be hardened off (see above). Like a person going to the beach for the
first time after winter -- the sun can burn you but also, so can the wind.
The same with plants coming out of a greenhouse where there's no wind.
b. They need to be gradually moved from the protected, lightly
shaded spot out to full sun and/or big wind. Even in our full sun
greenhouses, it's full sun THROUGH two layers of plastic almost always with
dust, etc. You have to judge just how hot
and/or how windy, as to how many days it will take. Maybe 3-4 but if
you're in a high climate, very sunny maybe a week.