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There are several risks associated with the transplanting of marijuana plants. Your marijuana plants could go into shock, if you were to transplant them using the wrong method. It could also hamper the plant's growth and development. If it were properly executed, the transplanting process would definitely be of great benefit to your marijuana plants, resulting in stronger roots and healthier production.
For your first transplant, you should make sure that it is placed in a small container such as a solo cup. You would leave the marijuana plants in this Solo cup for a few weeks prior to its transplanting. For the first transplant, consider doing so after you have seen the seedling's fourth or fifth leaf set have been sprouted. Check on the development of the roots and confirm that your marijuana plants have begun to fill up the container with healthy and strong roots. That is when you should select another container to use.
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Wash both hands prior to handling your marijuana plants. Put on a pair of gloves, if possible so that you can avoid contamination of delicate and fragile roots. Keep the area of transplant sanitized and clean. Be sure not to put any water on the marijuana plants the day prior to the transplant. This will prevent the soil from being mushy and easy to being removed from the first container. Ensure that the other container you will be using for the transplant is filled with grow medium. Be sure that there is sufficient space for safe transplantation. Make sure that the roots are not disturbed during the transplanting process.
For the first transplant, you can expect the biggest risk of shock. This is due to the result of agitation and possible damage. Try to avoid exposing the marijuana plants to intense lighting during transplanting. This reduces the shock level. Once your marijuana plants are transplanted, it is now time to water your plants, giving the plants a sufficient dose.
Once you have completed the initial transplant of your marijuana plants, the other forms of transplant should be done based on how the root expands. This is until you select a finishing container. Bear in mind that your cannabis plant requires about two gallons of soil for every twelve inch plant growth during the vegetative sequence. Maximizing the space is necessary for marijuana plants in their existing containers until a new container is selected. This is to be done as long as you decide the time frame in which you will keep your plant in its vegetative state. Usually, the mother plant, which is used in the cloning process, will be transplanted into bigger containers so as to continue vegetation for a longer period of time.
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Be sure to monitor the growth process of your marijuana plants so that you are able to notice any symptoms of distress. You also don't want the roots to be overcrowded. Administer the appropriate nutrients prior to transplanting to prevent shock. Try not to over pack the grow medium during and prior to transplanting. This might damage the root systems and compromise the drainage system.
Spacing is also significant to transplanting marijuana plants. The plants will need twice the space of the initial container. Why? This would reduce the amount of times you would have to transplant your marijuana plants, minimizing the shock level.
The Final Container
When the seeds have been germinated, then these will be ready for the first container. Make up your mind when the transplanting process will take place. The final container is where the plant will be placed throughout the flowering cycle.
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