There is no precise formula for transplanting marijuana plants (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transplanting), since it depends on different particular factors, such as the type of crop, the space or the free time we have. Even so, we must take into account the stages of cannabis development and its times; in this way, we will find the most opportune moment to move the plant to a larger container, an exercise that we can repeat two or even four times. By managing the times well we will get the plant to waste as little time as possible in recovering from the stress generated by the transplant.
As with other processes of cannabis cultivation, transplants do not work with fixed rules. since there are different methods and factors that will determine the times. However, we ourselves can find the ideal moment to transfer from one container to a larger one, following a few references related to the calendar, the type of cultivation, the size of the pots and the available space. In this way, without supplying exact science, we will be able to give our plant the best possible move, without causing many disorders and promoting its root growth for a juicier harvest.
Transplanting marijuana plants
Transplanting your little ones at the right time can help add resin production days to the final weeks of development. After all, a transplant is a traumatic process for the plant, since it generates stress for it, so it takes a recovery time to recover and take root in your new home. This ends up weighing down production a little, since the plant takes a few days for restoration that could be invested in further development. Therefore, our goal is to carry out this process when it best suits the plant and causes less stress.
Some cannabis growers prefer to keep their plants throughout their cultivation in the same large pot. This is a somewhat risky option, since, in addition to slowing down growth, we must be careful with irrigation so that the water does not end up being excessive, causing excess moisture that ends up rotting the roots. Therefore, changing pot several times during cultivation is the best method to better control the development of plants. making it easier to control the size of the plantation and to be successful with irrigation.
When to perform transplants
We will start with the assumption of an indoor cultivation. Here we know what space we have and therefore what size of pots we are going to use depending on the size of the cabin. The ideal time to transplant is when the plants are changing phase : at the beginning when the seedling has germinated and it is about to begin its vegetative stage, and a few weeks after the start of flowering. when the plant will stop growing to develop the buds. Later, during the flowering, we will not need to make any transfer of pot.
During the vegetative stage we can only make one change of pot, or several; generally three transfers. As previously indicated, this depends on the producer himself, since doing it drastically from one size to another larger one we risk that the humidity ends up causing mold on the roots. Therefore, it is advisable to gradually change containers, which will accompany the growth of the plant more safely. For example, start with a 1.6-liter pot, move to a 3.5-liter pot and finally a 7-liter pot, instead of transplanting the 1.6-liter pot to 7-liter directly.
The first transplant of all is the most obligatory, since we will have allowed the seed to germinate in a jiffy, in rock wool or in very small teku pots. for which reason it will be necessary to introduce the seedling into a pot with a substrate. Some notice that it has 4 or 5 groups of leaves, others that a week and a half has passed and others that the whitish roots have crossed the initial support. Then we will introduce the seedling in a small pot, 1.6 liters.
From here we can use a trick that will be a reference for the rest of transfers: compare the height of the plant with that of the pot. If this has multiplied the height of the pot by 1.5 or 2, it will mean that the roots have already covered the entire substrate and that it is time to change to a larger one.
Once we have introduced the plant in a small pot, 1.6 liters, we will look at the size of the marijuana plant in relation to the pot. When this has reached approximately 1.5 of the height of the container (if it measures 20 cm, the plant should measure 30 cm), it is time to prepare a new move. This usually occurs a week and a half after the first transfer, approximately. Then we will go to a 3.5-liter pot, which will be the intermediate-sized container of this process.
Here we will repeat the process. waiting a week and a half for the plant to have a pot size and a half. So, we will do the third and last transplant: from a 3.5-liter pot to a 6 or 7-liter pot for an indoor crop this volume will be more than enough.
The plant will take a few days to recover, so do not be alarmed if the cannabis is not growing for 4 or 6 days. Then it will stick a final lug until flowering, which will arrive in approximately two weeks.