Top 5 Tips for Transplanting
Time to transplant? Get plants off to a great start with these 5 quick tips.
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.
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
4) Pot on in soil & coco
If you put plants in a pot that’s too big for them:
- Root race to the edge of pots & don't branch well
- You have wasted space in your pot
- The growing media stays too wet
- Less water & fewer nutrient are absorbed (fewer root tips)
- Root circling is more likely
When you get root circling, roots end up clustered around the edge of pots - here they're more vulnerable moisture and temperature changes.
You’re far better off transplanting into a smaller pot and waiting for roots to fill it before you pot on.
You need to move through 3 - 4 sizes (or just 2 with a RhizoPot).
With RhizoPots, roots can grow through the fabric if it’s wet! So you can transplant a propagation RhizoPot straight into a larger one for zero root disturbance!
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