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Are these seedlings ready to start hardening off?

These are Eschscholzia californica (Californian Poppy). Think they germinated about 5 weeks ago?? Not sure whether to start hardening them off or not - any advice? Thank you!!


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,234
    Yes, they can be outside now.
    Mine self sow from year to year, so never see the indoors.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Thanks very much - I'll give it a go!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    Outside but I wouldn't plant out til thoroughly established in the pots. I think these are better direct sown
  • Hmm the advice I was given by the supplier was not to sow direct! I'm planning on planting them in a pot on my patio. So you think I should harden off but not plant in their final (pot) destination yet? Thanks for all your help! This is the first time I've grown anything from seed, in case you couldn't tell :)
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,878
    I wouldn’t plant them out yet until they are bigger, they don’t like being transplanted but if they have a bigger root system they will  stand more chance of growing. Also if they’re bigger they’ll stand more chance of surviving slug damage. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Great, thanks Lyn. These pots they're currently in are Cow Pots so in theory when they're ready I could just plant them in one big pot in the containers they're in and they will compost down..... 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,878
    Perfect 🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,726
    yes, Lyn is correct also tiny seedlings like this are perfect slug food
  • Thanks very much - I'm planning on planting them in a pot with some verbena which are still quite small seedlings so will wait a while anyway. Pesky slugs!
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