Each time you correctly transplant, you gain a notch on your home grower’s belt. The amazing benefits of mastering the technique of transplanting will also enhance your yield come harvest time. The pots you choose to grow with can make or break your grow.
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.
For a typical grow, transplanting into a 10-gallon pot may be the final transplant. If you intend on growing a large plant, you may opt to transplant once more into a finishing pot right before the flowering stage. Always be sure your cannabis plant has maxed-out its current container before you transplant into a larger size.
If you take the time to nurture your babies, they will provide for you an abundance of killer cannabis. This guide hopes to inform you of why transplanting is important, why container size does play a significant role in growing your plants, techniques you can use to transplant your girls successfully, as well as tips on how to train your plant to max out your yield.
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!
First, poke good-sized drainage holes in the bottom of each cup before you begin to transplant. Ideally, you want water to be able to drain after you have packed soil into the cup. Next, add water to your soil mixture to create a rich base for your plants to grow in. Then, take a handful of the mixture and fill your solo cup or small container. Finally, leaving space for your seedling or clone, make a thumb-sized hole in the packed soil and place your plant in it.
This is why most growers start small and will do a second transplant later on into what is called finishing pots. (Get it? They are “finished” growing in these pots).
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.
Be gentle! Do not damage the roots. When roots are disturbed or agitated, the plant goes into shock. Intense lighting during transplanting can also send your plant into shock too. A healthy root system is a robust root system. It also means your plant is being well fed and will grow successfully. When it is time to transplant your babies from their solo cups into a standard 10-gallon pot the plant’s root system will be very long.
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…