[NAFEX] properly hardened off plants

Mike Levine mlevine at umich.edu
Sun Apr 6 20:11:17 EDT 2003


They were leafed out, but as I said I had them up against the house and
under the overhang, which I believe should give them a few more degrees.

Mike Levine



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From: "Dan Sorensen" <dan.phantom at westpa.net>
To: "Mike Levine" <crunchy at oldweb.com>; "North American Fruit Explorers"
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Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2003 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] properly hardened off plants


> Mike,
>
> I can't tell from your message, but were the plants already leafed
> out?  Once they start growing, all kiwis are as tender to any frost as
> tomatoes.  It wouldn't matter if they were hardened or not in such a case,
> 24 degrees would definitely kill any green tissue.
>
> Dan Sorensen
>
> At 05:23 PM 4/6/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>
> >How hardy are small kiwi plants?
> >
> >I recently mail ordered some small hardy kiwis in 2.5 inch pots.  When I
> >received them they seemed very light green like they had been started
from
> >cuttings in a greenhouse.  I heard we were going to have a really cold
night
> >so I put the flat of them up against the house and under a large overhang
to
> >give them some protection and hoped for the best.  This has worked in the
> >past for some of my more delicate plants.  Today my kiwis don't look so
> >good.  It went down to 24 last night and they look wilted and black.  Was
> >this my mistake?
> >
> >I used to manage a nursery and now own a small one and it has always my
> >policy to sell stock that had been hardened off first.  I'd be interested
in
> >your opinions.  Do you think these plants were properly hardened off?
> >Should I request a free replacement?
> >
> >I'm wondering if these casualties are because of my foolishness or the
> >nursery's lack of care to harden off their stock before selling it.  Any
> >thoughts would be appreciated.
> >
> >Mike Levine
> >Ann Arbor, MI
> >Zone 5b
> >
> >
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