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  • Moving cuttings outside...

    So I've got a few cuttings which have survived my attempts to kill them all winter, and have 5-7 big, healthy leaves. They've already been potted up to 1/2 gallon pots, and after this weekend's freeze is over, I want to move them outside. I know the deal with hardening them off in shade and whatnot, but what about water? Can I just leave them outside and let the rain do its thing? I know when I air layered a plant last year, I just left it outside and never worried about it...but cuttings are such notorious wienies about water. How careful do I have to be about overwatering?
    Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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    They can dry out pretty quickly, especially if they're in direct sun or even if they're in shade and there's a decent breeze/wind. I would just keep a moisture meter on hand and water when they get to the dry zone. In shade, they should retain moisture pretty well. I'm glad you get to move plants outside - I just shoveled one of my garlic beds a bit today to hasten growth again. The snow's almost cleared, but not everywhere.
    Arne - Northern NJ - Zone 6A

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    • #3
      When exposed to the elements they dry out rather quick, especially in 1/2 gallon pots.
      Even in 1 gallon pots there's some i have to water every other day, so monitor them closely.
      Rotterdam / the Netherlands.
      Zone 8B

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      • #4
        If you have any outside now, don't forget to pull them in tonight. Hope this is our last hurrah for winter here this year.
        PPP
        Eatonton, GA zone 7b/8a

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        • #5
          Yup, pulled them in yesterday, along with my blueberries. Open blossoms or not, I can sacrifice 48 hours of no pollination if it means I don't freeze my blueberries!
          Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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          • #6
            Good call. I pulled mine in last night, too. Got a small in ground fig breaking bud. It will get a 5 gallon bucket over it tonight.
            PPP
            Eatonton, GA zone 7b/8a

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