- Why Transplant
- When to Transplant
- How to Transplant
- After Transplanting
Learn when the best time to transplant your cannabis seedlings is, so you can get the best results for your plants.
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Most cannabis growers understand that, in order to achieve the biggest and best yields, they will need to transplant their seedlings at some point during the growth cycle. Transplanting allows cannabis growers to control the size and shape of their plants, as well as the amount of light and nutrients each plant receives. All of these factors can have a significant impact on yield.
To increase the root system
The vast majority of cannabis growers transplant their seedlings or clones at least once. Why? Because it gives the young plants a chance to develop a larger and healthier root system, which in turn leads to faster growth, better yields, and happier plants.
In nature, cannabis seedlings typically spend the first few weeks of their lives in a tiny space, often crowded by other plants. When they’re transplanted into a larger pot or plot of soil, they have the room they need to put down deep roots and thrive.
Cannabis plants also benefit from being transplanted because it gives growers the opportunity to control the size and shape of their final product. By carefully selecting the size of the pot or plot you Transplant your cannabis into, you can prevent your plants from getting too large or too small for your space or needs.
For a final pot size
The most common reason to transplant is to move your young plants into a larger pot as they grow. Depending on the size of your final pot, you may need to transplant your cannabis seedlings 2-3 times before they are fully grown.
If you are growing in soil, you will need to transplant when the roots start to come out of the bottom of the pot (or when the plant becomes “rootbound”). If you are growing in a hydroponic system, you will need to transplant when the plants start to crowd each other or when they get too big for their current space.
Cannabis plants can be transplanted at any time during their life cycle, but it is best to do it when they are young seedlings.Transplanting can be a stressful experience for your plants, so it is important to do it carefully and correctly. This guide will show you how to transplant your cannabis seedlings with minimal stress.
When to Transplant
Cannabis growers usually transplant their seedlings when they have outgrown their initial pots. However, there are a few factors to consider before doing so. The size of your pot, the type of soil you’re using, the weather, and your plant’s growth stage are all important things to think about. Let’s go over each of these factors so you can determine when the best time to transplant your cannabis seedlings is.
After the first set of leaves
After your cannabis seedlings have their first set of leaves, they are ready to be transplanted into a bigger pot. If you start them in a small pot, they will quickly become root-bound, which can stunt their growth.
transplanting them into a larger pot will give them the room they need to grow and develop a strong root system. You can use any type of container for transplanting, as long as it has drainage holes in the bottom.
Fill the new container with fresh, pre-moistened potting mix, and make a small hole in the center. Gently loosen the roots of the seedling and place it in the hole. Be careful not to damage the fragile stems or leaves. Fill in around the roots with more potting mix, and water well.
Place the transplanted seedling in a bright location, out of direct sunlight. Water as needed to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Allow the top inch or so of soil to dry out before watering again. In general, cannabis plants prefer to be on the drier side rather than too wet.
When the taproot is 1”-2” long
You’ll know when it’s time to transplant when you see the first “true leaves,” which are different from the cotyledon or seed leaves. Once your plant has developed these new leaves, it’s time to move it into a larger space. The general rule of thumb is to transplant when the taproot is 1”-2” long, but you can also gently pull on your plant to see if it comes out of the soil easily. If it does, it needs to be transplanted into a pot that is at least double the size.
How to Transplant
Cannabis transplants are an easy way to give your young plants a root system that can support their growth for the entire vegetative stage. Transplanting also allows you to give each plant its own space, so they can grow to their fullest potential. Learn when to transplant your cannabis seedlings, as well as how to do it, in this article.
Gently remove the seedling from the soil
Cannabis seedlings need to be transplanted when they outgrow their initial pots. This process is also known as “potting up.” Transplanting gives the roots of your cannabis plants more space to grow, which results in a bigger, healthier plant.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to transplant your cannabis seedlings:
1. Gently remove the seedling from the soil. Be careful not to damage the roots.
2. Place the seedling in its new pot. Make sure the roots are covered with soil and that the plant is not sitting too deep in the pot.
3. Water the plant thoroughly.
4.Place the pot in a location where the plant will get plenty of light.
Place the seedling in the new pot
Fill the new pot with fresh potting mix, and make a small hole in the center. firmly hold the cannabis seedling by its leaves (not the stem), and lower it into the hole. If necessary, add or remove mix from around the roots until the plant is sitting at the same height it was in its previous pot. Once the plant is at the correct height, water it thoroughly.
Fill the new pot with fresh soil
Once you have your new pot, it’s time to fill it with fresh soil. You can either make your own potting mix or buy a premade one at your local garden center. If you choose to make your own, be sure to use a sterile, soilless mix and add some perlite or coco coir for drainage.
Once your pot is filled with fresh soil, it’s time to transplant your seedlings. Gently remove each seedling from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots. Place the seedling in the new pot and gently backfill with soil. Water well and place in a bright, warm spot.
After your cannabis seedlings have been transplanted, it is important to monitor them closely. Make sure to keep an eye on the leaves and stems for any signs of stress. If you see any, address the problem immediately. Also, be sure to water your seedlings properly and keep an eye on the soil to make sure it is not too dry or too wet.
Water the seedling
Water the cannabis seedling thoroughly immediately after transplanting. Depending on the size of the container, this might be 1-2 gallons (4-8 liters) of water. Avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent mold or mildew. It can take up to 2 weeks for a cannabis plant to recover from being transplanted, during which time it will not grow much (if at all).
Place the seedling in a humid environment
To help your cannabis seedling recover from transplanting, it’s important to place it in a humid environment. This will help prevent the roots from drying out and lessen the chance of transplant shock. You can create a humid environment by placing a humidity dome over the seedling or using a humidity tray.
If you don’t have a humidity dome or tray, you can still create a humid environment by placing the seedling on a wet paper towel. Just make sure to check the paper towel often and replace it when it starts to dry out.