Transplanting a marijuana plant is a simple step, but can block the most novice growers. Now that our little plants are germinated, the next step is to change the container to a larger pot.
We are going to transplant, that is a fact; the thing is that the end result of our harvest will depend on how, when and why. We are looking to provide the plant’s root system with more space so it can develop and allow the top to have a growth spurt. We don’t want to cause trauma. No traumas. So here are some tips we hope will help you on your way.
1. The why of preparation
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First of all, prepare your new space. The planter size will depend on your expectations. The more space there is for the roots, the bigger the plant will become. If you are looking for a larger plant, you should do two transplants. If you don’t have enough space, you would ideally buy a planter between 15 and 20 litres.
Put expanded clay aggregate or gravel in the bottom of the planter to facilitate drainage and prevent fungus. Fill the container about 80 per cent with the recommended soil, 20 per cent earthworm humus, a half-kilogram of bat guano and some kind of slow-release organic fertiliser. Leave a cubic space for the new occupant of this fertile abode.
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This post is designed for transplanting approximately three weeks after germination, when it reaches a height between 15 and 20 centimetres and has already developed the first three pairs of real leaves. However, keep in mind for future transplants that once the plant enters the flowering period, the roots barely grow, so it is useless to change its placement.
Direct sunlight may damage the roots, so we recommend to do the transplant in the afternoon. Furthermore, that way you let the plant recover overnight. Even so, try to avoid strong sunlight for the next two days. Keep it in a relatively shaded place during that time.
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The methodology is really easy. Place the palm of your hand over the soil in the container so that the stem lies between your index and middle finger. Flip the container over and give it a couple taps so everything comes out compact. The less you touch the roots the better. Turn it over and place it in the big planter. Don’t water beforehand because it will crumble. Do it when the soil is dry and in a block and water it when you finish the transfer. You can also add a root stimulator for it to take root more quickly. If you have added all of the above, don’t fertilise it for 2 to 3 weeks, since you want to avoid over-fertilisation.
That’s all, simple and easy for the whole family.