Spring Seedlings Outside
I have seedlings that are 4-6 weeks old. It has been unseasonably warm and they have spent much of their time outside in the past week or two. I am wondering how chilly they can handle being outside, it is dipping into the mid- to high 40s overnight in the upcoming days. And would it be more beneficial to take them inside even if they can handle it?
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Most plants require temps to remain at least a consistent 55-60 degrees F. before planting them outdoors. This does not include hardier crops, like lettuce or most root crops, however. Since you're experiencing temps in the 40s, I would give it more time before putting them outside. When it warms up enough and they're ready to go outdoors, I would recommend hardening them off first. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/how-to-harden-off-your-seedlings.htm
As long as it don't get below 60 degrees, tomatoe s can not take any cooler.