Transplanting is considered a necessary evil for marijuana growers, mostly because it can seem pretty difficult at first. However: it is a task that just about anyone can accomplish! In this article, we will cover the reasons why transplanting is so important, whether to do it indoors and outdoors and some other pieces of advice that will help you with your transplanting.
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The importance of transplanting
Transplanting is best accomplished once a solid root system has been established. This is simply because the plant will shift its main “focus” from growing its roots to growing its foliage, meaning it’s important to change its location to a place that is more suited for that type of growth. This is when it is crucial to move your marijuana plants, no matter what method you used to begin your plants’ growth.
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The tricky thing about transplanting is that even a tiny error could lead to big problems — or, worse yet, utter failure. This is why research and self-education are so important, as is proper preparation. Perhaps most important is the location that your plants will be moved to. It needs to be ideal for the plant to live out the rest of its life — as well as to avoid another transplant.
It is simply impossible to grow your plants in little containers for their entire lives, so transplanting is a necessary evil. If you do make a mistake while transplanting, it could lead to discoloration, leaf withering, and leaf death. Sometimes the plant itself could drop dead. This is why it is of the utmost importance that you are well-prepared before you begin the transplantation process. All in all, it is a risk worth taking, as the benefit far outweighs the potential for disaster.
Indoor vs. outdoor transplanting
When transplanting time comes around, you can no longer avoid deciding where exactly you will have your plants live permanently. The location is very important to the overall success of your marijuana plants, as well as how secure your growing operation will remain. One decision you’ll need to make is whether to grow indoors or outdoors. There are pros and cons to both options, but in the end it all depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle.
For those who like to be more hands-on with their growing operation, it is probably best to grow indoors. You can grow your plants in larger containers indoors, and you will be able to ensure the proper amounts of light, heat, humidity, water, and temperature. That being said, growing indoors requires more time, more resources, and more money. Your plants will be completely dependent upon you so you will need to be up to the task.
Growers who would like their operations to be more natural or who are growing on a budget will likely prefer to grow their plants outdoors. While this makes things easier on the wallet and your schedule, it also comes with a new set of risks: both security and environmental. Special care needs to be taken to make sure it’s a location where your marijuana plants can thrive, but also where you won’t get caught tending to them. More about indoor and outdoor transplanting in my free grow bible.
There are a few key elements that need to be remembered when performing a transplantation. First of all, don’t water the plants for one or two days before you plan to transplant. When you do transplant the plants, be cautious of the roots — simply avoid making contact with them at all. The more they are disturbed, the more trouble you are going to have with your plant’s growth later.
After you have transplanted your marijuana plants, make sure to water them immediately. Include only half a dose of nutrients rather than the full dosage. It is also a good idea to keep your plants away from intense amounts of sunlight for the first day or two after the transplant.
Timing your transplant
You will know it’s time to transplant your marijuana plants once their roots have grown as much as they can within their containers. If you wait too long, the roots will simply stop growing; so be sure to transplant on time. Don’t move your plants when they are still seedlings, which can last between two and six weeks.
It’s best to transplant when your plants are growing leaves at a faster rate, and their stems are firming up. This means that they are now growing vegetatively and the time for transplanting has come.
How to transplant
Assuming you have already decided on the location for your permanent grow site, it is time to transplant your marijuana plants. The details of how to perform the transplant will depend on where you are transplanting. If you are putting them into larger pots, for instance, it’s important to ensure that the pots are at least 4 gallons in volume or more. Moving your plants outdoors, on the other hand, involves digging a hole that is bigger than the containers your plants are currently living in.
The key to a successful transplant is to keep the same soil they are growing in with the plant when you make the transplant. This will limit the severity of the shock of the transplant, helping your plant gradually get used to the new situation. Before touching your plants, make sure that the current soil your plant is in is moist (but not wet) to ensure that it stays clumped together rather than crumbling away.
For the step-by-step instructions:
Put your hand on the soil, with the stem between two fingers. Put your other hand underneath the plant. You simply have to flip the container upside-down so that the entire contents of the pot fall into your previously top hand. Discard (or move away) the container, then replace your hand below the bottom of the pot’s contents. You then need to gently place the contents into one of the holes. Water the plants plenty immediately after the transplant.
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