Top 5 Tips for Transplanting

Top 5 Tips for Transplanting

27 Jan 2016

Time to transplant? Get plants off to a great start with these 5 quick tips.

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1) Transplant soon after roots become visible


Transplant too soon and you could stress plants out. Leave it too late and you could stress the plant or damage roots.  

When roots start growing out the bottom of your propagating cubes or plugs, you know it’s time to transplant.  

If growing small plants in pots, don’t allow them to become root bound! Pot on when there are plenty of roots at the bottom and around the edges. Better yet, use a RhizoPot to air-prune the roots and prevent root circling (see 4).  

2) Use Root Promoting Additives


When transplanting plants into larger pots, you want roots to fill the extra space they’ve now got.  

Katana Roots or Canna Rhizotonic are good bets for hydro and coco growers.  

For soil and coco growers, use Mykos and Ecothrive Charge for both short and long term root growth benefits!  

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3) Use a weak nutrient


Your plants are still delicate - strong fertilisers will cripple your plants at this stage.  

4ml of VitaLink Plant Start mixed with 1 litre of water and a drop of SuperThrive should do the trick. 

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4) Start of small then pot on (Soil or coco growers)


If you put plants in a pot that’s too big for them, roots race out towards the edge of your pot. The media in the pot will also stay wet for a long time.  

This means that your roots won’t branch as much:  

  • Your root network won’t be as dense
  • You have wasted space in your pot
  • The growing media stays too wet
  • Less water and fewer nutrient are absorbed, which lowers plant growth    
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You’ll also likely get root circling, which is where plants grow in a circle around the inside edge of your pot. All roots are clustered in an area that is most vulnerable to changes in moisture and temperature; not what roots want!  

You’re far better off transplanting into a smaller pot and waiting for roots to fill it before you pot on. Doing this makes better use of the growing media within the pot and increases your overall root mass.

You’ll need to move up through 3 or 4 sizes (or just 2 with a RhizoPot). &nbsp For the best possible root zone, try RhizoPots (they have a 5 star customer rating).  

They’re made from a unique breathable fabric that air prunes roots when they hit the edge of your pot.  

  1. Prevents root circling
  2. Stimulates production of secondary roots
  3. Boost overall root mass
  4. Allows roots to grow in wasted central space
  5. Increases nutrient and water uptake  

Best of all, roots can grow through the fabric if it’s wet! This means you can transplant a propagation RhizoPot straight into a larger one for zero root disturbance!  

As a result, your plants will produce a bigger, healthier, more efficient root network.

5) Create a stable environment

To reduce the stress of transplanting, keep your vegetative growing environment stable.  

  • Temperature between 21oC and 26oC is good (optimum of 24oC)
  • Humidity between 65 and 75%
  • Continue using a propagation light until they’re established  
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