Mistake #1: Ignoring the forecast
Mistake #2: Breaking the roots
How to Harden Off Tomato Plants…
About 7-10 days before planting tomatoes outdoors, help acclimate them to temperatures, sunlight, and wind. This process is called “hardening off.” Gradual exposure helps your plants toughen up and reduces the possibility of injury. Outdoors can be a shock for them. It’s up to you to prepare them for “the real world”!
Start slowly by setting them outside in the shade for an hour or two. Slowly increase exposure each day to more time outside and soon, a bit of “sunbathing.” Check tomato plants regularly to make sure they don’t dry out or droop. Once tomato plants have spent a full day outside, then it’s time to leave them out overnight. Make sure temperatures will be moderate.
When tomato seedlings can handle their outdoor sleepovers without problem, it’s time to move them into their new home: your garden. (Read more about hardening off tomato plants.)
More on planting tomatoes …
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