Spring has sprung, but in Alaska, before you plant, you have to plan

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Spring has sprung and what better sign that more sun is on its way than a greenhouse full of plants ready to be planted and grow.

But, put your patient pants on, we're still a few weeks away from being able to put them in the ground. Bell's Nursery Greenhouse Manager, Stefan Schirda, said while you might hold off on planting, you can still start planning.

He talked about a process called hardening of plants, which means you slowly introduce them to sunlight, water and all that goes into getting them ready for the ground.

"Usually it's a 10 day process of hardening off. You'll kind of want to think like getting a sun tan when you go out to the beach. You don't want to go the first day out especially coming from Alaska and take the whole sun in on one day," Schirda said. "So you want to go for an hour the first day, two hours the second day, three hours and so forth."

As for the best time to get plants outside and into the ground, Schirda said sometime after Memorial Day weekend.

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