When And How To Transplant Marijuana Plants

Page content

Transplanting Marijuana Plants

Transplanting Marijuana Plants

Transplanting your cannabis plants can be one of the trickiest parts of growing your marijuana plants. It may seem overwhelming, but when properly researched it can be done with ease by just about anyone.
Once your plants have established a stable root system, they are ready for a period of major foliage growth.

So what makes transplanting cannabis so important? What would even happen if you didn’t do it? In this article, we will answer those questions, and will dive into the following topics:

Why Transplant?

Why transplant weed plants

The right time to transplant your cannabis plants is when they have an established, sturdy root system in place. The plant is ready to focus its energy on vegetative growth now, so it needs to be moved to a better location for such a task. You will need to educate yourself about how to do this properly, since making even a small mistake during the process could have a devastating effect. You will also have to carefully choose where you are going to put your cannabis plants permanently to live out their adult lives.

Transplanting cannabis plants at this stage is always necessary, regardless of how you sprouted your plants to begin with. They simply cannot thrive if they are grown in containers for their whole lives, so you cannot avoid the transplantation process. The best way to deal with this is through research and planning.

Download my free marijuana grow guide at this link for more growing tips

So what could happen if you make a mistake while transplanting your cannabis plants? Your plants could go into shock, which might cause their leaves to turn yellow and then wither, finally dying and dropping off the plant altogether. In some more serious cases, the plant itself could actually die from the trauma.

While risky, transplanting your plants will have an overwhelmingly positive effect (when done responsibly). It will help speed up the maturing process of the plant while simultaneously requiring even less hands-on care from you as the grower. In summary, it’s well worth the risk and hassle in the end.

Indoor or outdoor transplanting?

Indoor or outdoor transplanting cannabis

Before beginning the transplanting process, you will first need to make some decisions about your permanent grow site. The location is everything, as it will determine your cannabis plants’ growing environment (and, therefore, their rate of success) as well as your own security.

If you want more control over the environment in which your plants are growing, you may be interested in setting up a permanent grow site indoors. With this method, you can grow all your plants in larger separate containers of some sort (check these containers). This can be a great way to ensure the health of your plants since you would control every aspect of their lives. On the other hand, growing your cannabis plants indoors will also require you to use a lot more money, time, and effort. Whether it is light, food, water, temperature or ventilation, you will have to provide it yourself.

For growers on a budget or who prefer a more natural method of growing, setting up a grow site outdoors might make the most sense. It costs much less in both money and effort. That being said, with this method it is even more important to choose the right grow site for your plants, since it will have a significant effect on both the environment around your plants, as well as your own personal security. It will need to be a safe place with easy access, where you can ensure safety for both yourself and your cannabis plants.

Transplanting tips

Transplating tips weed

When you are transplanting your cannabis plants, there are a few specific things you should be sure to avoid. The following steps are most important to remember when going through a transplant:

  • Avoid watering your plants for a day or two before the planned transplant.
  • Always take care of the roots. In other words, don’t touch them. The less the roots are disturbed during the transplant, the more likely that it will be successful.
  • Use nutrients that are only half-strength in your water, and water your plant immediately after its transplant.
  • Avoid hitting your plant with intense light in the first one or two days directly after the transplant.

 

The whole process can be risky, but when some simple measures are taken to lower that risk, you should have a highly successful transplant and harvest.

When to transplant

When to transplant cannabis plants

The basic idea behind transplanting at a certain time is to do it when your plants’ roots have reached as far as they can grow within the constraints of their container. Roots actually tend to grow further and faster when they are enclosed in a container; it’s almost as if they are eager to reach open space as soon as possible. Strangely enough, roots that are already planted straight into the ground do not grow with the same amount of urgency. So what happens if you leave your plants in a container for too long? The answer is simple: they’ll just stop growing altogether.

Containers are not the only thing guilty of causing such a response in the plant. Peat plugs can do the same thing since their mesh perimeter usually acts as a hindrance to the roots, and they stop growing as if they were contained in a plastic pot. This will cause them to stop growing as well.

Once your cannabis plants have sprouted, two leaves that are oblong in shape will start to be visible. These are called cotyledons and they come out from the one tiny stem that will pop up from the soil. They don’t resemble the easily recognized marijuana leaves, but after just a few days they will drop off and normal marijuana leaves will emerge. This shows you that your plants are beginning their seedling phase of life. Plants in this phase are still relatively small in size, but their roots will begin to grow and develop into a proper root system. This system, though nicely developed, is still quite fragile.

You cannot yet move your plants while they are in their seedling phase, but do ensure that they have plenty of light and water (or just moisture in the soil). The seedling phase can be between two and six weeks long. Read How to grow strong plants ready to transplant

So how can you identify the time when your plants are ready for transplantation? Doing it too early would be devastating for your tender seedlings, so you must act with caution. Once you suddenly are seeing faster growth of leaves as well as a firmer stem. You can test the firmness of the stem by grabbing it with your hand (gently) without doing any damage to it. If these things are happening to your young plants, they have officially entered the vegetative growth stage of their life.

You can, of course, begin the growing season a bit earlier by using peat plugs. This is ideal for growers who are located in climates where the growing season is naturally shorter. If you do go with peat plugs, make sure you are always aware of the mesh perimeters and whether root tendrils are emerging from underneath them. As soon as you see this you will need to transplant the seedlings into a bigger container or else into the ground outdoors. If you don’t, the growth of your plant could remain stunted forever.

How to transplant

How to transplant cannabis plants

The first thing you need to do when transplanting your plants to a new, permanent location is to choose a spot for it. There are three types of locations that you can choose between. The first one is an indoor location that can be accessed with ease, but is not easily noticed by other people. A second option would be to move your plants outdoors, where many of the valuable resources they need come at no cost to you. The third option is a sort of indoor-outdoor hybrid: you can move your plants to larger containers, but in turn move these containers outdoors temporarily.

If you are most concerned about the discovery of your plants, the third option might be for you because it means that you will be able to quickly relocate your crop in case of detection. It also works well for moving your plants away from pests. Out of the three options, moving your plants from one container to another is most likely the simplest and most straightforward option available to you.

No matter what option you choose to go with, there are a few key factors to your successful transplantation. First and most obviously, you need to make sure that new soil (whether in the ground or in containers) is fully prepared before you begin the transplantation process.

Download my free marijuana grow guide at this link for more growing tips

If you are moving the plants into new pots, make sure that each pot is 4 gallons at the very smallest. If you are going to move your plants to an outdoor location, simply dig a hole that is a few inches greater in size than the pots that your plants have been living in thus far. Make sure to have piles of dug up soil around the hole as well, so that you can push it back in once you have completed the move.

You should actually keep the plants in the soil that they have already been growing since it will reduce the amount of shock that it undergoes, and will instead ease your plant into its new environment. If you have grown your plants within a closet until now, they are especially susceptible to shock, so be particularly cautious.

The next factor that you need to pay attention to is the condition of the soil that your plants are currently living in. It needs to be moist but not wet, and not dry enough to crumble. The most important thing is that your soil sticks together during the transplantation, keeping the shape of its original container (wiki on transplanting).

The process is simple. Put the palm of your hand on the soil in its original pot, keeping the plant’s stem between two of your middle fingers. Your other hand should be beneath the plant. Using both hands, smoothly flip the pot upside-down, putting the full contents and weight of the plant and its soil into your hand that’s holding the stalk of the plant. Then put away the container, as you will no longer be needing it, and put your hand back on the bottom of the contents, where you should be able to see the white tendrils of the roots. You then put the whole thing into one of the holes you have already dug in the ground.

Do not panic if large pieces of soil fall from the roots of the plant. Your only priority is getting the plant’s roots back underground and covered completely with soil. With a peat plug, the mesh surrounding your plant’s roots should be pulled off and discarded since your plant will no longer be engulfed by water.

Once you have pushed all the soil onto plant’s roots, make sure to give those roots plenty of water. Use up a full gallon that has added plant food. The last step is simply to cover up the soil that has been exposed to natural debris and leaves that are already at this location. This will both slow down the evaporation of the water you just poured, as well as camouflage your garden from unexpected discovery.

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free grow bible

Robert

Download the Ultimate Grow Guide for FREE!
Learn the basics of growing marijuana and get started today
  • How to get the biggest yields from cannabis plants
  • What you need to get started, without wasting money
  • The most common mistakes you don\\'t have to make
We guarantee 100% privacy.

Comment Section

40 thoughts on “Transplanting Marijuana Plants


By SHingi on 24 September 2013 at 23:03

I cant manage to download your free e-book on growing – can youplease e mail to me


By Robert on 15 October 2013 at 10:23

Hi Hingi,
Just put your email in the box at the top right, and you will get the download link send to you!
Take care,
Robert



By robert on 26 October 2013 at 06:00

just like to read up not a grower


By romey on 11 November 2013 at 22:08

you buy seeds


By Robert on 20 November 2013 at 11:25

Hi Romey,

Most of our strains for sale we breed ourselves. Only on rare occassions do we buy seeds. But, only from our own trusted suppliers here in Amsterdam.

Our seeds are sold in the ILGM seedshop:

http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/seeds

Go over there and check-out some of our delicious strains :-)

Happy growing,

Robert Bergman


By Kris on 1 December 2013 at 23:23

I have transplanted one of my babies into its permanent growing pot and while i was transplanting one of the many many roots kinda was stuck to 2 liter bottom and while transplanting got pulled off just a little though was curious if any thoughts on if that will be the one thing that kills it or does it matter since there are so many others could you email with resopnse please..


By rene on 10 April 2014 at 20:32

robert ,,a friend have a plant bt it is in no so good soil , i want to transplant it in a new prepared soil , but the soil where now is to thick and roots cant spread easy,how to take all the bad soil out of the roots?and how to tranplant it?


By jose ayon on 13 September 2014 at 19:11

I downloaded your free marijuanan bible, but I can’t download the plat care e book what can I do thanks


By Jan on 18 February 2015 at 10:54

Hi there A few days after the passage of light into the plant should be 12/12?


By lisaray on 22 March 2015 at 12:14

I live in the USA. I noticed that it is not listed in the country list. Does this mean we are sanctioned (haha)


By Robert on 23 March 2015 at 11:59

Hi Lisaray,
The USA is where almost all our visitors, friends and clients are from! No clue what you mean with the USA not being listed in a country list. Both reading our blog from the USA, and shipping our products to the USA, are free! :-)

Happy growing,

Robert Bergman


By dennis on 4 May 2015 at 13:05

robert please tell me when to transplant from indoor light box to large outdoor pots ? thank you


By latewood on 4 May 2015 at 19:20

This is a matter of choice, and once experienced can be varied to fit your needs.

Before planting outdoors; You must do 2 things; 1. Make sure you have established a strong root zone, and the plant is strong enough to withstand wind. 2. The transition from indoor to outdoors need to be done a little at a time over a few days. The Sun is much brighter than you lamps, oso it is good to keep the plant in t eh 1-3 gallon pot indoors. Use this to move in and out for an hour one day6, monitoring the response of the plant. If all goes well, try 2-4 hours the next day. If all goes well, you can probably take one more day at 6-8 hours, and then replant into large vessel and leave outdoors. hope this helps. :)


By Kevin on 7 June 2015 at 02:33

Last year we planted six plants. The plants were very small (short). What did I do wrong, they were very healthy and produced a good amount. We planted them on the south west side of a shed they missed the morning sun but got the afternoon and evening sun. Could this be why I lie in the California dessert. Thanks so much for all the info you give


By latewood on 10 July 2015 at 10:35

It would be better if you placed your plants to receive Morning Sun. Avoid “hot” Afternoon Sun; Or, Supply shade cloth to keep from burning up your plants .


By New2This on 11 June 2015 at 06:35

Hey! I’m in need of help. I have to explain my situation but I’ll try to make it brief :)
Ok, sometime when breaking down my herb (very rare this happens) I find a seed, or a friend finds a seed. I have a house plant and i just started to stick the seeds that were found inside my plant pot. It’s probably been about 6 months since I found a seed, and 8 months to 1 yr for the other seeds I’ve found and just put in plant pot. My friends told me it wouldn’t grow but I said “what the heck, why not put it in the pot with my house plant”…so allllllllllll these months pass by, and I happen to look at my plan & see two sprouts growing up from the dirt. One is longer than the other. The one that is a little longer has spread two long leave + two short leaves…

My question to you is what should I do next??? I was not expecting it to grow! And remember it has been many months since those seeds have been in dirt. AND it’s in a pot with my actual house plant..HELP!!!!

plz n thnx in advance


By latewood on 11 June 2015 at 23:40

Kevin. This is hard to say. Some genetics “Indica” will stay shorter and bushier. Auto-flowers tend to be smaller. The problem is; You have given us no indication of what type seeds you used. :) Please join the forum, and post this topic there so we can help you more efficiently. Peace


By latewood on 11 June 2015 at 23:43

New2This. Either replant them each in there own pot, or cull them. :)


By New2This on 12 June 2015 at 00:39

Thnx for your response :)

Any particular soil/dirt I should use?? I’m going to use some of the soul it started growing with so I don’t shock the babies lol…and surround it with new soil/dirt


By New2This on 12 June 2015 at 00:40

Soil* not soul


By latewood on 15 June 2015 at 23:23

Any good composted soil would work good. Make sure it is ammended and not too hot for the roots. If you can afford it Foxfarm is a great soil, but expensive. They make 2 or 3 different mixes. Miracle grow makes a soil called Organic choice. I have used this and had good results. Very affordable :)

Finally; You can mix your own.
1. Sterile dirt. (clean topsoil dirt with no additives or fertilizer value)
2, Perlite 1/3
3. Promix BX (nursery product) Ingredients:
SPHAGNUM PEAT MOSS (75-85%)
PERLITE
VERMICULITE
LIMESTONE (buffers PH)
WETTING AGENT
MYCORRHIZAE™ PREMIER TECH (Glomus intraradices)

ProMixBX is available at farm and ag supply stores. 4CF for approx. 35-40 bucks. Great deal B


By latewood on 15 June 2015 at 23:24

Meanwhile; I suggest you all join and post your questions at our Free support forum. Peace :)


By Peter Mendez on 16 June 2015 at 21:17

Just got 6 feminZed seeds three have lived three have died


By D on 28 June 2015 at 03:54

Hello, question?.. i had to pull my plants out of the ground.. they have not budded yet and they are about 4 feet tall.. what can be done to stop them from dying? is there any immediate advice to give? as they were pulled today…


By Jennifer ILGM on 8 July 2015 at 14:50

Hi D,

If you want fast answers and tips, join our support forum. Expert and fellow growers will be happy to help.


By latewood on 10 July 2015 at 10:41

Join our support forum for expert advice.

Copy/Paste a “support ticket”; It is easy to find.

You have not provided any info on how you were growing or what method was used; Etc…Etc
Place each one in a 5 gallon of water to kep them alive.

Or; wrap them in a cloth and keep them moist


By New2This on 5 July 2015 at 22:10

Thank you…I will sign up to join the post


By New2This on 5 July 2015 at 22:11

How do I join? Lol


By Jennifer ILGM on 8 July 2015 at 14:04

Hi New2this just click here and sign up.


By latewood on 14 July 2015 at 07:09

We look forward to supporting you all.


By thai on 26 July 2015 at 22:34

Hello
I am growing gold leaf strain outside. it is over 8 ft tall and into the second week of flowering. its in a 5 gal. cloth smart pot. It is so root bound now its getting top heavy and is getting hard to water.
My question is i just got a 10 gal smart pot and i am wondering if i should transplant it ?
It is very healthy and starting to bud nicely. A huge monster in a small pot.

Thanks


By latewood on 28 July 2015 at 00:33

thai
This is a touchy subject.

ON one hand; If you do not re-pot the plant; it will finish faster. We use this method of growing in a smaller pot in order to trick Sativas into finishing faster. If you are happy with the potential yield you may get; Leave it alone in the pot. For watering; Buy a watering wand that allows you 2-3 feet of extra reach.

Alternatively; I just removed a plant from a smart pot, and it was hard to remove. So; Iust say you would be taking a chance. This is going to have to be your call. However; If i really wanted to put this plant in a 10 gallon SP; I would consider carefully cutting the 5 gallon SP off the plant. The yield is worth considerably more than the cloth pot. :)

If the plant is top heavy; Get some metal fence stakes, drive them into the ground all around the plant, and tie the main stem off with twine.


By thai on 28 July 2015 at 02:33

Thank you latewood.
I was not worried about yield as much as plant health. This was a extra plant that out grew my grow room so i put it outside. The gold leaf strain was awesome inside. I cant wait to see how it turns out grown outside. But i am thinking its over 8 ft now it should get over 10 ft. when ready to harvest. 10 ft tall in a 5 gal pot looks funny.
But i have 8-9 weeks left of flowering maby i will transplant it and see how big it will get.
Thanks again for your time and help.


By Jae on 27 July 2015 at 21:03

Hello
I have several new plants growing Hydroponic with Rapid Rooter in 2 inch starter plugs.
When should I transplant these and into what method Dirt or continue with the Hydroponics.
Newbie here and want my plants to survive.. Also what should I use to keep my plants standing up as the are almost a foot tall now.
thanks


By latewood on 28 July 2015 at 00:35

You are not growing hydroponically. You are starting your genetics in rapid rooters. Once the seedling has roots penetrating the outer walls of the RR, you can transplant into any medium or method you choose.

Leave a Reply

*