The biggest limitation for a cannabis plant grown in pots is the ability to expand their roots. When a plant’s roots do not have enough room to grow the plant starts to show signs of what is called root bound. Roots grow by expanding and developing, which in turn allows your cannabis plant to flourish.
When you were born, you didn’t wear the same size pants as you do now, right? Imagine: “My baby is only 1 year old but he wears size 34 jeans because he’ll grow into them one day.” That’s straight up illogical. The same can be said for your cannabis plants. Your clones or baby seedlings should start off in a baby-sized pot.
So you’ve chosen your seeds or clipped your clones, and you’ve patiently waited while they spent the last week germinating; their roots have sprouted, and they need more space. It is time to transplant. Transplanting cannabis means moving your plant from one growing container into a larger one.
Your plant’s final home is a finishing pot. This is where it will begin its flowering stage and also will be the biggest plant pot (container) that you use during your grow. It is highly important to have your cannabis plants in their finishing pots before the flowering cycle begins.
If you have checked the roots and they have taken up most of the container with healthy roots, it is okay to transplant. Sanitary is primary. Make sure you wear gloves or wash your hands so you do not contaminate your roots-they are delicate!
Once your 10-gallon pot ( or container of your choice) has been filled with your soil mixture and you have made a solo-cup sized hole, gently give your plant a push upwards from the bottom of your cup and squeeze the plant out. Next, twirl the clone in a clockwise motion to easily place the roots into the pot without tangling or damaging them. Finally, softly pack more soil into the pot and around your seedling or clone.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that you should not water your plants right before transplanting. Refraining from watering allows the soil to be a little more sticky and it will hold together better when you are removing the plant from your solo cup or starter container.
Whether you are growing from cannabis seedling or clone, your first transplant will most likely be into a red solo cup. If you are growing more than one strain, be sure to label your cups with the strain name.
In order for your plant to reach its maximum growth potential, it needs room for its roots to grow. Nutrient deficiency/sensitivity, discoloration/ reddening of the stem, flimsy/weak growth, and poor flower production are all signs that your plant needs to be transplanted into a bigger pot.
So you’ve chosen your seeds or clipped your clones, and you’ve patiently waited while they spent the last week germinating; their roots have sprouted, and they need more space. It is time to…