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Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Transplanting

Be careful when transplanting your developing plants. Be careful when transplanting your developing plants.

Welcome to another week of Hydro 101, where indoor growing newbie’s can get a handle on the art of growing that we love so much. Something all beginner growers need to get a handle on is transplanting. If you’re growing in soil, which is the best medium for rookies to cut their teeth, you’re going to need to move your plants from one container to the next as they get bigger. You want to give your crop the chance to thrive, and avoid having them get rootbound.

When growing from seed, it's probably time to transplant into a larger container around the third week of vegetative growth. While starting seeds in smaller containers has its advantages, your plant will outgrow the container and need a larger container for the flowering phase.
It’s important to transplant before you switch to the flowering phase, and give your plant about a week to fully recover from the transplant. Don’t wait too long. You don't want your plants to become rootbound. If this happens, your plants will become stunted and will not show signs of new growth because the roots have no more room to grow.

Before you perform the actual transplant, prepare the soil or whatever medium you are using in advance. You will need to fill your new containers about 2/3 with soil. Then make a hole about as deep as the container that you are transplanting from. The container size that you will be transplanting into really depends on the plant you are growing. Usually you will go up at least two container sizes. If you have a 1 gal container, go to at least a 3 gal container. (Indoor plants won't usually need more than a 7 gal container.)

Now it’s time to remove the plant from its container. I recommend using the handle of a spoon or knife to get around the edge of the container to loosen the soil and roots from the edge. The roots should be really developed by this time, so you won’t be able to just yank your plant out of the pot.

After you have gone around the plant’s roots with the spoon handle or knife, turn your plant over using your hands to support the stem and soil . I put the stem between my fingers and cover as much surface of the soil as I can. This helps support the plant the best way possible and will cause less stress on the plant. You want to try to keep the roots from breaking so be careful.

When you turn the container gently go around the container almost like massaging it to loosen the roots and soil. You may need to give the container a little jiggle to break the plant loose

Once you have the plant out of the old container, it's time to plant it into the new one. Put your plant in the hole you made earlier in the new container, and gently push the soil around it. The penultimate step is to top it off with more soil until the container is almost full. Finally, you will need to water your freshly transplant with ph balanced water.

Now that the transplant is finished, you’re ready to watch your plants head into the bloom phase and start producing those delicious (and lucrative) fruits that every indoor grower loves to see bursting to life in his or her grow room.

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