Hardening off Question
I've posted this question in another group but couldn't quite find the right one and not receiving any answers. All of the members here have guided me with amazing advice for peppers. Hoping someone here could answer this question as I'm loosing cucumbers that cost $2.50 per seed.
I'm attempting to harden off my European Greenhouse cucumbers & Melons and they are not liking it at all. (previous years I started them directly in greenhouse). The temperature is around 15-20 degrees C when they are outside and haven't gave them too much direct sunlight. I only put them out for 10 minutes today and they are really droopy. I've lost a few plants already from trying to harden them off as well over the course of the few days. I haven't had any problems with tomatoes or peppers. I know they are a temperature sensitive plant but how can I go about this? Suggestions? I wonder if they were over watered previous. I noticed the soil appeared to be mostly peat...
Also, how can you tell when your plants (especially overwintered peppers) are ready to go outside? We have rapid fluctuations in temperature over the next few weeks and most years I supplement the greenhouse with some heat.