The best thing about these tips is that they apply to just about any plant that you wish to transfer from one place to another. In this instance we are looking at plants that have been grown from seed or cuttings and have been brought on in a growth medium.
So just for you here is the ABC of planting on:
A is for Appropriate
Is it the right time to transplant?
To check this, take a look at the root system. They should be clearly visible around the plug, cube or net (depending on which system you are using.) As long as they are clearly visible and looking healthy, then now is the time to start transplanting.
TIP: Don’t let the roots get too established in the growth medium. They will become tight and you could cause damage to the plant when removing it.
Add some root feed to the pots that you are transplanting into. Do not make the pots too large as this can lead to overwatering and mildew.
B is for best practice
Make sure you transplant the right way, every time.
At this stage it is really important to remember that these plants are still very delicate. Using aggressive fertilisers and heavy watering will potentially damage or even kill your crop. Also remember that the roots do not like to be exposed to air. Make sure your pot is prepared so that they are only exposed for seconds. Ensure that there is moisture on your pot already – not soaking, but just enough to protect the roots while you finish off.
Make sure that the plants will fit into your pots, and that the root system is looking young and healthy. Prepare your pots and place the plant in them; we recommend also using some mycorrhiza. This will help with nutrient absorption and encourage bigger yields. Take care with additives though, remember this little fellas are delicate. As the root systems mature you will be able to feed more intensively.
Targeting the roots is one of the best ways to feed the plant so make sure that they are supplied with sufficient nutrients. You also need to make sure the roots have sufficient humidity to prevent damage, if root tips are exposed to air for too long then they will get damaged. In short: reduce exposure time to ensure your roots are healthy.
C is for Creating an Environment
Growing is all about bringing out the best in your plants.
Once the plant is in the new pot, firm the soil or medium around the base. If there are going to be further plantings into larger pots then for your convenience make sure this pot is not too big.
Keep the nutrients light for the first week to give the young roots a chance to firm up and develop in volume. Adding to many nutrients too soon will damage the root system and stop the plant from absorbing moisture and food.
Transplanting causes stress to the plants (how would you like to be ripped out of your home and stuck in another without warning?) So they are going to need a drink. Correct watering is the final stage in creating the optimum growing environment. Aim for a temperature of around 24 degrees. Humidity should be around 65%-75%.
We would recommend that, once the roots are again growing through the base of the pot, you should plant on to a bigger pot. Use the same process but you do not have to be as careful this time as the plant is bigger and stronger.
Remember that practice makes perfect, and you will learn what works nest for you.
We hope you’ve found this blog useful.
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