Category Archives: Glossary

Hardening off is the process of gradually allowing plants started indoors to adapt to conditions outdoors at transplant time. Conditions outside are relative harsh – temperatures fluctuate, sunlight is more intense and unfiltered, and wind causes increased air movement. It’s a good idea to introduce seedlings to this environment slowly, over several days, before transplanting […]

Vernalization is a treatment for some plant varieties that is necessary to induce flowering. Typically, the plants are chilled for a period of days or weeks to simulate low winter temperatures. Many biennials require vernalization, and without it, the flowering process is not triggered. The author Eliot Coleman describes a vernalization method for treating artichokes […]