Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:10
They're hardy E. Boy, but as you've been growing them undercover for ages, you'll need to harden them off a bit. Ideally you would have kept pinching them out over winter as they grew, which makes them bushy and stronger, and better able to withstand any hungry molluscs.
It's also the reason why it's best to use seed compost for early sowing in autumn, as ordinary MP is too rich and encourages a lot of growth, leading to plants getting big and soft too early.
You could pot them on - 2 or 3 into a 7 inch pot or similar, and then plant the whole pot when you've hardened them off. Getting them outside will slow the growth down, but take a little time to do it - out through the day and in at night for a few days. Keep them sheltered from rough, wet weather as well - that does more harm than cold
Last edited: 25 February 2017 10:10:35