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.
There are many styles and customization when it comes to the options of containers today. For me, 10-gallon pots are what works, but for you that could be completely different. Your grow style will be different than mine or any other growers. That’s what makes growing your own special. Your routine, your grow medium, your container choice are all unique to how you, the grower, envisions his crop.
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.
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.
Two words: root rot. Planting your cannabis clones or seedlings into a large pot solely to skip past the transplanting process is careless and lazy. Your plant’s roots will not absorb all of the moisture because of being stuck in too much soil and will eventually rot.
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.
Aside from the cannabis plants’ genetics, the size of the container you grow in and the method in which you train your plant (when done correctly) could give you an extra ounce or two of cured cannabis off of each plant per harvest.
Just like the strain of cannabis you choose to grow is highly important to the outcome of your yield, transplanting is important. Knowing how, when, and why your transplant cannabis will enable you to master this technique so you every grow you start is successful. In the next part of our ‘grow’ series, we discuss how training and monitoring your grow increases your chances of maxing out your harvest and producing a higher yield.
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.
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…