How to Acclimate Your Growing Plant to Outside Conditions

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Take the proper steps to get your plant used to the unpredictable conditions of outside weather. Learn more in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Doug Smiddy

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Hi! I'm Doug Smiddy at Smiddy's Gardening Services here on behalf of Expert Village. Today we are here to talk about starting your plants from seeds. Okay now it is getting close to planting time. About a week before you are going to put the plant outside, it is very very wise to slowly introduce your plant from that nice warm 70 degree windless environment to the outside where you've got the sun, you've got the rain, you've got the wind. Putting them out too quickly is going to be a shock for that plant. It is probably going to kill it after all the work we've gone through and all the love we've put into this little plant. So what we are going to do is gradually introduce it and that's known as hardening off the plant. So what we do is we take it from that nice warm environment and we pick a nice day when it's not too windy and the sun is out and we are going to place it outside for about 1 hour that first day. Set your kitchen timer, whatever it takes. No more than that. You want to do this gradually. You don't want to shock the plant. The next night you set it out for about 2 hours. Double it each night. The third night you can do it about 4 hours maybe 6 to 8 depending on the conditions too. If it is really windy, you may want to think twice about it. Again, gradually introduce it into its new environment. You get up to about 8 to 10 hours that is about how much sunlight ideally it is going to get in the environment and guess what? It's time to plant your plant outside.