basil cuttings wilting outdoors
Hi, I'm new to hydroponics and am experimenting with some clay pellets. I managed to root some 4 inch cuttings of Chinese basil in a jar of water. When the roots were 1.5 to 2 inches long, I planted them in some hydroculture clay pellets in a converted soda bottle planter like this:
They've been in their new planters for about a week an a half. I'm trying to bring them outdoors bit by bit because basil supposedly likes full sun. To start with, I put them outside in the shade on the East side of the house with a full reservoir. It's about 30 degrees celcius out. Within a couple of hours, they went all limp. This has happened on two separate occasions. I was able to revive them by bringing them inside, watering them from the top and misting them.
I don't think the roots are able to draw enough moisture from the clay pellets out in the heat and the breeze. Do you have any advice on how I can help them to get acclimatized to the outdoors?