Transplanting Cannabis the Right Way!

Your cannabis seeds have sprouted, or you are growing clones, and they are developing at a fast rate.

It appears they are getting too big for their current home. They might not look as healthy as they once were.

Whether you are growing marijuana in soil or hydroponically, eventually you are going to have to consider transplanting your plants.

In this post, it will cover an in-depth look at the questions and provide you with a clear understanding on transplanting cannabis the right way.

There are some questions many first time growers want to know, and that is:

“When and how should I transplant my cannabis plants?"

"Are there issues when transplanting? "

Let’s jump right in,

When to transplant your marijuana plants

Many signs determine when to transplant your marijuana plants. Here is a list of some signs to look for:

Dry soil  Is your plant(s) needing water every day or every other day? If so you should transplant as the plant is requiring more water than the current container can hold.

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Leaves are drooping (possible root bound issue ) You should transplant now as the container the plant is in is too small for the current root structure.

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Leaves turn yellow (possible root bound )Transplanting recommended as the container the plant is in is too small for the current root structure.

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Visual Signs the plant is too big for the container, falling over, needing to be staked or being in the same pot for months such as a mother plant.

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Beware of Transplant Shock in Cannabis

  • Signs of transplant shock in cannabis: Include drooping plant leaves or spotted leaves

While transplanting marijuana plants you can face some underlying issues that can become severe.

The most common one is transplant shock in cannabis. Its is caused when the roots are damaged or disturbed while transplanting.

One way around this is to wear disposable gloves when transplanting and also to water your marijuana plants a couple of days before.

This will make sure there is a solid base when removing the plant. 

  • Never grab the stock when removing the plant always grab the top part of the soil.
  • A good rule of thumb is to transplant early rather than later to guard against the plant being root bound.

Recover from transplant shock

Some growers use Kelp Seaweed Extract to recover from transplant shock.

Other methods although not tested are to boil three tablespoons of sugar with some water and add this solution to the bottom of the hole you are going to transplant in.

Watch this quick video for more info on transplant shock in marijuana

How to Transplant Cannabis Plants

Transplanting your marijuana into soil 

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For preparation when transplanting cannabis into soil make sure you water your marijuana plants a good two days before.

To make sure the soil is slightly moist come the day you would like to transplant.

Do not make the mistake of letting your plants completely dry out.

The root structure will completely fall apart, and you risk transplant shock and possible killing your plant if the roots are disturbed.

Sand is a great preventative measure to protect against fungus gnats. Add 1-2 inches to the bottom and top of your container of soil.

1. You may need a butter knife or a tool with a non-sharp edge and run the blade around the outside of the soil of your current container.To loosen the soil from the container.If the seedlings or clones are in a Peat or coco pellet, there is no need for this step.

2. Take the soil of your choice and wet the soil till it holds together when you grab it in a fist, but falls apart when releasing your fist.

3a. If you have an extra container of the size your plant was in you can measure the size of it and start to fill in soil to the container then place the pot while filling it with soil

3b. Fill a container of your choice with the soil mixture to about 4 inches from the top of the container.

4. make a hole dirt and place your plant into the hole and slowly cover with the remaining soil if you need more feel free to add more soil.

5. water the container with reverse osmosis water be careful not to over water and drown the plant.

6. you are now finished transplanting your marijuana plant

Congratulations!

Watch this short video below how the famous Jorge Cervantes explains what root bound is and give an easy demonstration of transplanting in soil. 

Transplanting cannabis into your hydroponic garden

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1. Set up your hydroponic bed and either place your medium into the container such as hydroton pellets or coco coir in fabric or air pots.

Sand is a great preventative measure to protect against fungus gnats. Add 1-2 inches to the bottom and top of your container of coco coir.

2. Make an indent in the medium

3. Take your cannabis seedlings or clones that are in either a coco coir pellet or rock wool and or root plugs

4. Place the plant into the hole and gently cover with the remaining medium

5. water the marijuana plants with either your pump system or manually and allow the water to drain through.

6. you are now finished transplanting your marijuana plant Congratulations!

Watch this video on transplanting into rock wool 

Grow Supplies for Transplanting Cannabis

There are some items that you need for transplanting weed into and it all depends on how you are planning on growing your marijuana.

Either in a soil method or a hydroponic method.

The stuff required are pots or container to transplant. 

Soil or growing medium.

Any additional transplanting aids or nutrients.

There are various pots on the market ranging from terracotta (which is not recommended) to plastic to fabric and also come in all different sizes.

When growing cannabis some say, the height of your plant should determine the pot size.

For example 12 inches per 2 gallons container. So if you want a plant to be 4 feet tall, you would need roughly an 8-gallon container.

This is just a estimation it all depends on many factors including quality of light, types of strain just to name a few.

Make sure there are holes in the bottom of your plastic container. For maximum drainage.

Recommended pots for growing marijuana

Fabric Pots

Smart Pots hailed as the original fabric pot the benefits of using a fabric pot over plastic are they provide better aeration and water drainage as well a heat release.

Fabric pots cause the roots to air prune meaning they grow to the end of the pot the air flow stops the roots from growing outward and start to grow side roots off the root structure.

Fabric Pots work well in both soil or hydroponic growing methods.

The pots are also reusable. Smart pots are available everywhere and come in an assortment of sizes.

Other Fabric Pots many other companies have followed suit and created their version of the smart pot such as a favorite of ours and a much less expensive are the fabric pots by Hydrofarm.

You could also sew fabric pots out of landscape fabric as well if you are crafty or know someone who is.

Air pots made in Scotland the air pot enables air pruning as the roots grow out to the base and air prune the roots when they reach the outside.

Much like the smart or fabric pots,  air pots enhances the root systems to grow more of a root system without any circling of roots. Available is a variety of sizes.

General plastic pots

The regular plastic pots are the most inexpensive and widely available, make sure you are getting pots with holes on the bottom for easy drainage.

And if they do not you can also drill some holes as well. Many sizes are available.

Hydroponic Tub/ Grow Trays these are used when growing hydroponically. The tubs are great for just filling with hydroton pellets or in keeping pots with a high draining ability such as fabric with coco coir.

Soil

When growing marijuana an organic method is one using soil, and growing in this medium can enhance the flavor of your cannabis.

Never use just topsoil or a medium that has no other additives these do not drain well and with no airflow can cause fungus growth and bugs especially fungus gnats.

If using topsoil try adding some of the additives below. Recommended additives in the soil from Gardening Know How are:

Perlite a volcanic glass that is heated to over 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit it then expands to 13 times its size.

And in the end is a small pellet with microscopic air holes on the outside of the pellet. This helps to absorb and retain water.

Vermiculite is aluminum-iron magnesium silicates that are made with intense heat and expands to be shaped like small accordion pellets.

Vermiculite is used to retain water and nutrients and also aerates the soil although not as good as perlite.

Sphagnum Peat Moss is dead fibrous material, and living material decomposes in peat bogs. It takes millions of years for the peat moss to form.

It is usually mined in northern Canada and has some environmental concerns related to the mining aspect as it releases a vast amount of carbon into the air.

Some growers refuse to use this medium to grow in as it is not a renewable resource. It also has a lower ph level and tends to be slightly acidic.

Mycorrhizae is a beneficial bacteria and fungus that attaches to the roots and produce filaments that help the plant get nutrients that can boost plant health.

Soil for cannabis

Many growers have their favorite soil brands and or they make their soil themselves.

Some of the best soil for marijuana should have proper airflow and drainage but also be able to retain some water and nutrients to help the plant grow.

Here are some of the best potting soil for cannabis not in any particular order:

Promix HP or BP

Ingredients for HP: sphagnum peat moss (65-75%), perlite, limestone, mycorrhizae

Fox Farms Happy Frog potting soil

Happy frog contains peat moss, perlite, earthworm castings, bat guano and some other beneficial additives.

Fox Farms Ocean Forest Soil

Ocean forest soil has you guess it and all round fish base of fish emulsion, crab meal, shrimp meal, kelp, and has also peat moss, perlite.

Roots Organic come in an assortment of blends, some with a base of coco or a base of peat moss.

Hydroponic Growing

If you are growing your marijuana, hydroponically you can use either coco coir ( a favorite ) or clay hydro ton pellets.

Canna Coco Coir is made from the coconut husks when they are ground and turns into a “coir” meaning dust. This is a great renewable resource for planting in. much the same as peat moss except the ph is more balanced. 

And it also retains more water than peat while providing ample aeration for the roots according to Fine Gardening. A bonus when using a fabric pot.

Coco coir is one soil additive I use to help grow massive buds.

Hydroton Pellets are made with clay, and it is heated to about 1200 degree Fahrenheit expand and become a porous structure.

Hydroton Pellets are perfect for a high water capacity such as when using a hydroponic system when growing your marijuana. 

The pellets are renewable as they are made from clay.

Rockwool Cubes can also be used in the same way as hydroton pellets and may be used in pots.

Transplant aids such as Mycorrhizae or Sea kelp may assist with the growth of your plants after transplanting to prevent shock and enhance root growth and health.


Well, that was easy. Whether you are transplanting your seedlings, clones or even a mother plant, it is not too hard at all as long as you are prepared.

I hope this has helped answer many of your questions and demonstrates some enough easy steps to transplanting cannabis plants.

Remember the importance of using the best soil for cannabis.

As well to minimize transplant shock when transplanting.

You also have various growing methods on which to try your next grow to see what works for you.

I further cannot recommend enough are fabric pots and how they can increase your plant size and possible yield as it promotes massive root growth.

Please let me know your thoughts or methods and tips if you have in the comments.

And as always

Grow on my friends

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8 thoughts on “Transplanting Cannabis the Right Way!

  1. Hi Sensi Garden,

    First Time Grower here! Looking forward on trying these techniques. Hoping for a very smooth Transplant!!! Will let you know how it goes Sensi Garden!!!

  2. Just reporting back on those Transplants. Happy to say everything went well! Thanks again SensiGarden looking forward to all the other tips on here!

  3. My plants have become very leggy, (lack of enough lighting) can I transplant deeper into the next size container..(Like tomatoes) to get a better stem?
    Whats the harm
    Becky

    • Hi Becky,
      Tomato plants are different than cannabis the stalks on a tomato plant have hairs which is why you have to plant them deeper in the pot. Cannabis plants stalks do not have hairs on them only in the roots. So i would suggest having some bamboo skewers and maybe a twist tie or something to keep them prop up and blast them with some stronger light . You may be able to plant it like half an inch deeper on the stem , not sure how that would turn out. I have never tried it out to plant like a tomato.

    • Hi Tom,

      i never have transplanted in early flower. You may shock the plants. If you really feel you need to then Best to try one plant out and see if she takes in 2-3 days.

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