5.) Transfer cannabis plants into their final container! That’s it. You’re done with transplanting your weed plants!
Plants are ready to transfer again when they have about doubled in height.
5-7 gallon container
These marijuana plants aren’t showing symptoms yet, but they’re getting too big for their pots and should be transplanted soon, especially before they start flowering!
This grower has waited too long before transplanting to bigger container
(it’s good to transfer once you start seeing roots)
These marijuana plants are ready to be transplanted
- Soil is drying out too quickly – When your container is drying out only a day or two after each watering it means your plant is drinking fast and needs more water than your current container can hold
- Plant is getting root problems – A cannabis plant can start showing root problems when it’s kept in a too-small container or if it’s become root-bound. These root problems can cause the plant to become droopy, or show unexpected leaf symptoms or deficiencies (such as spots or yellowing leaves). Whenever literally everything else is right but you’re still experiencing these problems, it may be a sign you need to transplant.
- Plant has grown a lot or been in the same container for months. If you’re keeping a mother plant for months, or if a plant has doubled in size in the same container, those are signs you may need to transplant to prevent your plant from getting rootbound.
- Plant is tipping over from its own weight. When your cannabis plant is much wider and taller than its container, it’s easy to tip over and therefore should be transplanted to a bigger pot that can hold it steady.
- Plant is just plain too big for container (pics below) – There are some pictures below to give you an idea of what a plant looks like that needs to be transplanted. Some plants are just plain too big for the containers they are in.
8-10+ gallon container
What Size Should my Final Container Be?
Did you know that transplanting your cannabis at just the right time will actually make your plants to grow faster? Luckily transplanting is easy with a little planning, and only take a few minutes!
Before buying a new plant, choose the best and healthiest ones. Do not buy (AVOID) any plant that looks like it is experiencing problems, suffering from pests (use a neem oil insecticide spray), fungi, diseases or other issues.
When you dig or move the plants, you will probably have to bother the root system a bit. Minimize the impact of transplant shock as much as possible.
Water plants and trees immediately and religiously afterwards, considering their watering needs.
Try to keep the root system intact and don’t shake out the soil when moving the plant.
Plants need water to survive, so give them plenty of watering immediately after moving especially young plants.
Container plants transplant easier than trees, seedlings, and shrubs especially if you know the soil and other basics of gardening.
Do not attempt to transplant plants on summer days, especially field-grown plants.
The length of time will vary from plant to plant and for trees, transplant shock recovery time could last years.
Consider the amount of sun, soil drainage, and quality. Then plant it using proper planting techniques: appropriately deep in the ground, moving gently, etc.
Transplant shock is caused by harm to the plant roots, during the transplanting process. Shock happens to seedling bedding plants and trees. [LEARN MORE]