How and When to Transplant Cannabis Plants

Growers know that there are various pots for planting marijuana. Beginners might question what they are meant for, but they are mainly for transplanting marijuana.

The Reason Transplanting Is Important

The risk of planting in a pot from the early stage of the plant is, the taproots of young plants find it difficult to absorb water because of excess soils in the pan. Whenever your taproots find it difficult to absorb water, this might damage the plant’s root.

Transplanting is essential to avoid a condition like rotten root; having different pots for all growth stages of marijuana is the best approach. Start by planting in a small pot while you gently transplant them to a finishing pot as they grow.

For marijuana to reach its full potential, its root needs to develop, but the size of the pot most of the time determines the size of the marijuana root, and this is why transplanting is complex.

Whenever a marijuana root has outgrown its habitat, the plant will encounter root bound that can lead to stagnant or stunted flower development: stunted growth, inadequate nutrient, reddening of the stem, and so on.

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What Does It Mean for Marijuana Stem to Be Root Bound

Underwatering is the primary reason why marijuana plants can be root bound. Transplanting is required if your plant needs daily watering. Also, any marijuana root that keeps developing despite root bound is on the verge of contracting diseases and eventually die.

The process of transplanting a marijuana plant to a larger pot or container solves root bound, but it needs to be done shortly after discovering the symptoms. Ensure you have a sizable pot that can enable the root to flourish during the flowering stage.

When Is the Best Time To Transplant Young Marijuana

Marijuana seeds need a container/pot as soon as it begins to sprout. You can decide what kind of pan to use; some people prefer a large pot that will not require transplanting in the future, while others prefer a sizable pot/container at every stage. Below are signs your marijuana plants need a transplant.

1) The Number of Leaves: Once your marijuana plants have developed between four to six sets of leaves, then you need to transplant it from a small pot or container into a bigger one. Though your type of marijuana strain depends on when to transplant, transplanting plants with at least four sets of leaves are exempted.

2) Root Growth: A healthy marijuana should have prominent white roots, any time you see a discolored or dark spot in a marijuana plant root, then it might be suffering from root-bound and transplanting might be the remedy.

3) Vegetative Stage: Marijuana usually increase in volume and size plants in the vegetative period. Expert growers believe in the flowering stage vegetative plants should be moved to a pot intended for marijuana. Please note, the plants that are only two weeks or have ten days left at the vegetative stage are the ones to be moved to the flowering stage due to the rapid increase in root size and to prevent root-bound.

Best Way to Transplant Cannabis

Most growers agree that transplanting gives healthier flowers and robust roots to marijuana, but all these come with a particular risk. Transplant shock is one of the major threats to marijuana while transplanting; transplant shock kills the plants or delays its growth.

The information below will guide you while you are transplanting.

You don’t transplant based on duration (time), transplanting should be about how great the plant has grown. This is why growers agreed that as soon as the plant starts sprouting between four to six sets of leaves, you can start transplanting it.

These are helpful tips during the first transplant:

  1. Choose a bigger pot when you notice the roots have consumed all the space in the container.
  2. Sterilize your hands before touching the plant to prevent the plant from contaminating bacteria.
  3. If you are planning to remove your young marijuana plant from a starter, try not to water the plant twenty-four hours, so that the marijuana root can be firm while transplanting.
  4. Before transplanting, set up the receiving pot with adequate nutrients and ensure it is spacious enough to accommodate your new plant.
  5. Damaged roots could kill marijuana plants, handle the plant with care while transplanting because the first transplant is always the most crucial for plants.
  6. Remember that plants can strive for over twenty-four hours without water, water your marijuana plants immediately after a successful transplant.

In conclusion, if you read and follow the guidelines above, you won’t have difficulty transplanting. Thus, transplanting will be very beneficial and rewarding. You’ll probably have high-yield marijuana with great potency if you master the art of transplanting.

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