|Seedling Photo by Brooke Coburn|
|Photo Brooke Coburn|
|Shade for new seedlings by Brooke Coburn|
Transplant seedlings on an overcast, cool day, if possible, after the danger of frost has passed. Loosen the soil and dig a hole for the transplant. Carefully remove the seedling from the pot, keeping as many of the roots intact as possible. Place the roots in the hole and move loose dirt back around to support the stem of the plant. Water right away with a solution of half strength fertilizer. Keep newly transplanted seedlings well-watered for the first three to four weeks after transplanting until they develop a larger root system.
Gradually acclimate seedlings to the outdoor environment by providing protection from sun and wind. Transplant on a cool, overcast day, and continue to provide sufficient water until the root system has developed. See the links below for more information and to find your local frost dates.
Buying and Hardening Seedlings http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1802.html
Hardening Off Isn’t Hard http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Garden/harden.htm
Climate Summary: Castle Rock, Littleton, and Parker, Colorado http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/742.pdf
Vegetable Planting Guide http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/720.html