What with the great weather a week ago in the South East, RB and I decided it was high time to push the little fellas out of our nest. That is to say, we started the hardening off process for a few of our more mature plants that had graduated from seedling status. It was a great day, and instead of easing our plants into the outside world for an hour or two, we let them bask in the sunshine for a whole 8 hours. Here is about half our bounty sunbathing on a south-facing balcony.
On the whole, the little guys performed exceedingly well. We’ve had only one casualty, and to be fair it was the weakest of the sunflower class, of which we had already had a high sowing success rate. Unfortunately a few of our tomato plants have suffered from a little bit of sun-scorch, turning a couple leaves slightly white towards the tips. Interestingly it was the centiflor variety Millefleur that took the brunt, whilst the Rose de Berne and Gold Medal are still a nice green.
Moral of the story is hardening off should be done, and should be done patiently. Here is a pic of the white on the leaves. They will recover just fine.