Transplanting Marijuana Plants

November 11, 2020

Transplanting marijuana plants can be one of the trickiest parts of growing cannabis. 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:

The following symptoms are signs that your plant is rootbound:

  1. Stunted Growth
  2. Stretching
  3. Smaller and slower bud production
  4. Needs watering too often
  5. Easy to burn with low % nutrient solution mixtures
  6. Wilting
  7. Red stems
Rootbound cannabis example
Roots have wrapped around the edges and growing upwards. Classic signs of a rootbound plant. 420mag

The right time to transplant your cannabis plants is when they have an established, sturdy root system in place. This is the case when the roots grow out of the bottom of the pot. The plant is ready to focus its energy on vegetative growth now, so it needs to be moved to a larger container.

Note: Marijuana plants need around 2 gallons of soil for each foot of growth… Read all about it in my Grow Guide.

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.

Check for roots. Image from Bergmans Lab
Carefully remove from pot. Image from Bergmans Lab
Transplant to larger pot. Image from Bergmans Lab

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.

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Indoor or outdoor transplanting?

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 plantsgrowing 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).

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor growing, you can buy high-quality seeds from my seed shop.

Transplanting marijuana indoors
Transplanting marijuana indoors

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.

Transplanting marijuana plants outdoors

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.

When to transplant

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.

when to transplant marijuana plants

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.

transplating weed

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.

transplating cannabis plants

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.

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How to transplant

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.

During the first 3 weeks of flowering root-binding can seriously decrease your yield. The buds and leaves wont continue to grow because the plant cant grow new roots to support them.

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.

transplanting marijuana process

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If you are moving the plants into new pots, make sure that each pot is 4 gallons at the very smallest if it’s their permanent container. 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.

cannabis plants being transplanted

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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.

Once the plant is fully grown you will need to start thinking about flowering and harvest time. Our free little Harvest Guide will help you determine the best moment to cut your plants. Download it here.

Transplanting tips

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.
  • Download my free Grow Bible for more tips

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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.

FAQ About Transplanting Marijuana

Is it bad to transplant during flowering?

Always transplant your weed plant before it enters the flowering stage to ensure that it gets plenty of room for its roots.

How long to wait to feed the plant after a transplant?

You should water your plant and feed it half-strength nutrients immediately after transplanting it.

When to transplant seedlings from a solo cup?

Wait until after the seedling phase to transplant the seedling. The stem should be firmer by then making the transplanting process less risky.

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


The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

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  1. By SHingi ,24 Sep 2013
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  3. By Kris ,01 Dec 2013
    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 […]Read More
  4. By rene ,10 Apr 2014
    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 […]Read More
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  6. By Jan ,18 Feb 2015
    Hi there A few days after the passage of light into the plant should be 12/12?
  7. By lisaray ,22 Mar 2015
    I live in the USA. I noticed that it is not listed in the country list. Does this mean we are sanctioned (haha)
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  8. By dennis ,04 May 2015
    robert please tell me when to transplant from indoor light box to large outdoor pots ? thank you
    1. By latewood ,04 May 2015
      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 […]Read More
  9. By Kevin ,07 Jun 2015
    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 […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,10 Jul 2015
      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 .
    2. By mars ,10 Jan 2018
      Is most of Ur evening sun redish?? Morning sun the light is more blue witch will. Abuse Ur plants to grow tall just like using a Bleu led light for indoor grow but during evening and afternoon the sun is […]Read More
  10. By New2This ,11 Jun 2015
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  11. By latewood ,11 Jun 2015
    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 […]Read More
  12. By latewood ,11 Jun 2015
    New2This. Either replant them each in there own pot, or cull them. :)
  13. By New2This ,12 Jun 2015
    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
  14. By latewood ,15 Jun 2015
    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 […]Read More
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    Meanwhile; I suggest you all join and post your questions at our Free support forum. Peace :)
  16. By Peter Mendez ,16 Jun 2015
    Just got 6 feminZed seeds three have lived three have died
      1. By latewood ,14 Jul 2015
        Thanks Jennifer, I am glad you handle the seed issues. Peace, lw
  17. By D ,28 Jun 2015
    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? […]Read More
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      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 […]Read More
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      1. By Chris ,27 Jun 2020
        If the seed come from female will it be a female seed
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  20. By Marijuana Seedling Problems ,20 Jul 2015
    […] put in a smaller pot, so make sure you are choosing a pot that is the best size for them and then transplant as they increase in […]
  21. By thai ,26 Jul 2015
    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 […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,28 Jul 2015
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      1. By thai ,28 Jul 2015
        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 […]Read More
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  22. By Jae ,27 Jul 2015
    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 […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,28 Jul 2015
      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.
  23. By Male Or Female? How To Sex Outdoor Marijuana Plants ,30 Jul 2015
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  24. By How To Make Marijuana Clones – 5 Easy steps ,31 Jul 2015
    […] a different sex than your original plant, so don’t be shocked if it happens. Read the article When and how to transplant marijuana plants for more […]
  25. By Hardly Sober ,02 Aug 2015
    Hey! Good stuff, thanks for sharing. I posted a video on the transplanting process for 4 clones... maybe this is helpful for others? But mostly, would love any tips / suggestions on how I could have gone better.
  26. By Hubie ,20 Aug 2015
    Is it too late to transplant when plants are just beginning the flowering stage?
  27. By latewood ,21 Aug 2015
    Not at all. Go ahead with your transplant. Be aware to not damage the roots too much. If plant were still in veg; I would advise you to scruff up the roots a bit, but in flower, you do not […]Read More
  28. By Bruce knowles ,26 Aug 2015
    I have 2 plants in th some pot 8/10 week old can I split them up
  29. By latewood ,02 Sep 2015
    Bruce knowles, FFR: You should never start more than 1 plant per pot. I can only advise you, that if you do attempt to separate them, you will have to be very careful not to damage the tap root. One […]Read More
  30. By Dennis ,03 Dec 2015
    I'm a beginner at growing and I have a question about the whole transplanting concept. After germinating your seed and planting it in a small pot or container, why can't you just plant your seedling straight into a large pot […]Read More
  31. By latewood.ILGM ,05 Dec 2015
    You do not want to plant into a big pot at the beginning, becuase the plants roots will grow straight to the bottom. By stepping up from a starter pot, to a 1 gallon-6liter pot, then to a 3-5 gallon […]Read More
  32. By kent ,08 Jan 2016
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  33. By Harley24 ,08 Jan 2016
    I agree and i disagree on your transplant ideas. I use a propagator to germinated my seeds, along with 1 inch rock wool cubes. I soak the cubes in 5.5 ph'ed water for a couple of hours. Next i place […]Read More
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,11 Jan 2016
      Thanks for sharing Harley24!
    2. By Bab315 ,24 Dec 2017
      Great info appreciate all the help 1st grow . 7 to 10 days to transplant My seedings are about 2 inches
    3. By Sonya ,26 Jul 2018
      Harley24, are you serious, or just trying to make us go blind? Stop it. Put spacing in your text! CARE enough to do it right...or don't bleeding do it! Sheesh!
  34. By ak47luver ,10 Jan 2016
    Is it true that clones does not produce a taproot if yes outdoor growing with clones would be harder wouldn't it are is that not true about cloned
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,14 Jan 2016
      ak47luver A taproot is the main root produced when seed p[ropagation occurs. All other roots come from this taproot. From clones many roots appear off the cutting. Now Other roots will form of these new roots but, I would not […]Read More
  35. By Bobby ,11 Jan 2016
    I have we and super skunk how long does this strain need to flower?
  36. By steven thompson ,19 Jan 2016
    I bought the blueberry auto flower seeds and thinking of growing them outside. I live in VA when will be the right time to start them so i can transplant them outside to get the best out of my plant.
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,21 Jan 2016
      steven thompson, You do not want to plant your Auto flower plants outdoors until after any chance of frost is past. Check your local county planting advisory for Tomatoes, and Peppers. County Agenyt, and Professional Garden store mentors can help […]Read More
  37. By latewood.ILGM ,21 Jan 2016
    Bobby, This all depends whether you are growing from seed or clone. Assuming you mean from seed, the answer would be; It all depends on your grow methods, amount of veg time, & lighting schedule. There is no guaranteed amount […]Read More
  38. By Millicent ,09 Feb 2016
    A million thanks for posting this inoafmrtion.
  39. By Elvis ,27 Feb 2016
    How far apart should I plant my clones outdoors together? I am thinking 5' on center. Thanks for any help
  40. By latewood.ILGM ,02 Mar 2016
    Elvis, 5 feet apart is great, if you are planning on growing large bushy tree type plants. Given so little information I cannot elaborate beyond that. Happy growing. We have a great grow support forum and I advise you to […]Read More
  41. By Grow Strong Marijuana Plants Ready To Transplant In 9 Steps ,12 Apr 2016
    […] roots will start to grow out of the bottom of your smaller pot at which point it’s time to transplant. The plant will become rootbound and stop growing if you do not […]
  42. By Dwana townsend ,19 Apr 2016
    First time grower have a plant that has been in flowering stage for 1week and it needs a transplant and food. I just placed my order for nutrients but need to give it something in mean tim. Will I have […]Read More
  43. By latewood.ILGM ,21 Apr 2016
    Dwana, It is best to transplant before flowering stage. Yes; You can transplant now,, and be sure to do it delicately. Damaging the roots at this stage will effect your final product and yield. Happy growing :)
  44. By Liz Sharp ,27 Apr 2016
    I live in a hot climate (Greece) I have to use pots for growing outdoors. My plants are never taller than 12inches. Is this normal. How can I increase growth? By using a larger pot? I put one plant in […]Read More
  45. By latewood.ILGM ,30 Apr 2016
    Growing in a 1 gallon pot is going to mature your plant early. When the roots get bound up; The plant has the tendency to finish as if it is dying. Do the veg cycle in 1 gallon pot, and […]Read More
  46. By Robert E. ,23 May 2016
    Hi Robert, first time grower, long time user. Now that my needs are medicinal I need to grow my own. I have started some of my own seeds and transplanted probably too soon to 2-3. Gallon containers. I am growing […]Read More
    1. By Benny Santiago ,08 Oct 2017
      After transplanting month 2 is it normal for leaves to droop and I have lights on for 12 hours should I turn them off after transplanting or leave on at 50%
      1. By latewood_ILGM ,09 Oct 2017
        Benny, Leaves droop due to transplant shock. It takes a day or 2 for the roots to restablish a hold in the medium. Also; Too much water can cause leaves to droop. I cannot fathom as to why you would […]Read More
  47. By Dino ,14 Jun 2016
    Hi Robert. I was hoping you could tells the best way to go after terminating seeds using hydro systems. Do I still but them in soil or should I use another medium
  48. By latewood.ILGMl ,14 Jun 2016
    Robert E. You best try to quit transplanting too early. This is a waste of medium and does nothing to help the plant. You need to fill one pot with roots before you transplant to a bigger pot. Perhaps you […]Read More
  49. By latewood.ILGM ,14 Jun 2016
    Dino, We have no idea what you are talking about. Best thing is for you to join our support forum. You will be able to ask and get answers to all your questions there.
  50. By FyshhTrap ,01 Jul 2016
    I am an outdoor grower, from start to finish, this year I am Starting my seeds indoors Then moving them out after a two week period. I am currently in week one and thanks to this article I am better […]Read More
  51. By Bill ,07 Jul 2016
    The how to book is stuck at 50% . Will this clog up my computer and make it slow , if so I will probably just buy a beginner book .I'm only interested in growing 2 or3 plants . […]Read More
  52. By Dave ,21 Jul 2016
    Extremely informative and concise. Thank you
  53. By haydo ,18 Aug 2016
    hi there just wondering if anyone knows if it'll affect my plant if i smash the clay pot around it to transplant as its roots have taken over the whole pot.......
    1. By Roy ILGM ,19 Aug 2016
      Hi haydo, if the plant has become rootbound it might be the best way to save it. Be gentle and good luck :D
    2. By Sonya ,26 Jul 2018
      Well, this is a nice little article about transplant from container to container. Where's the stuff about going to ground and prepping the ground for the plant?? Can one successfully transplant a small indoor plant outdoors into 90 degree weather?? […]Read More
  54. By ginarice ,20 Aug 2016
    Hi, is a 5 gallon bucket a good container? Should I poke a few holes on the bottom? Do I have to use plant food? And when will buds start to appear?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,22 Aug 2016
      Hi ginarice, I suggest you download and read our free grow bible, they answer a lot of those questions. Then join our support forum. We have many helpful and knowledgeable experts in the forum willing to help you grow successfully […]Read More
  55. By Shelby Cobra ,06 Sep 2016
    HI--With Autoflowers do you start them in smaller pots & transplant or start them in a final pot. Like a 5-7 gal smart pot? Also can I start them indoor and then bring outside or should the whole process be […]Read More
  56. By latewood.ILGM ,07 Sep 2016
    Shelby Cobra, Most growers recommend starting and finishing auto flowers in the smae pot. I suggest you place your seedling (if starter in cubes of some sort) in a 3 gallon pot. This is all you will need for a […]Read More
  57. By Blonde girl ,06 Oct 2016
    I started with 4 plants 2 I could tell was male, I removed them. Now the 2 I have left 1 of them seam to be male.... is that normal for 1 out of 4 to be female?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,06 Oct 2016
      Hiya, that depends on what seeds you got. Regular seeds can be any number of male/female. If you bought feminized seeds from ILGM you should contact [email protected] :D
    2. By latewood_ILGM ,09 Oct 2017
      Blonde girl, Only getting 1 female out of 4 seeds is just bad luck. There is no set % of success fiding fem's. There are however, methods of control that some believe to help produce female plants and one of […]Read More
      1. By Dino ,24 Feb 2018
        look at the end of the seed , the ones that have what looks like the top of a volcano to it are female the rounder ones without that will almost roll like a ball.
  58. By Steve ,07 Oct 2016
    My question is in relation to peat plugs, I have some plants growing hydroponic and some in the ground, but until reading this article, I was unaware I had to remove the netting for transplanting, all bar one is thriving […]Read More
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,11 Oct 2016
      Steve if plant is thriving, leave it alone. Plant roots should break through. I have seen them rip a small net pot apart. Just remember to apply thjs step in the future. Be happy, lw
  59. By Diane ,09 Oct 2016
    All you people must be stoned! I've never seen so many typos and misspelled words.
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,11 Oct 2016
      Diana, Thanks for your comment. Yes, this happens when articles are written in Dutch and translated to English.
    2. By latewood_ILGM ,03 Jul 2018
      Diana, Thanks for sharing. Personally, I am legally blind and cannot edit after I post. I apologize for offending you with my typos. Have a great day :) Peace
  60. By latewood.ILGM ,11 Oct 2016
    Funny thing! I am blind and just listened to this entire article on "textspeaker". text to speech software, and I did not hear one off word. I thought the article was thorough and easy to comprehend. I would like to […]Read More
  61. By TMac ,04 Mar 2017
    I am uncertain as to the timing of germinating indoors and moving the plants outdoors given the light and darkness balance necessary for flowering. I did find a daylight duration table on line which tells me that the 12 hour […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,09 Oct 2017
      TMac. There is no set finishing time. This is merely a guideline. I find that plants al;ways take longer. Rxtending veg period will only make plant bigger and prolong finish time. Nothing wrong with that unless you do not have […]Read More
  62. By Art ,25 Apr 2017
    Hi bro! First of all, I want to say thank you for helping other people! Secondly, I want to ask a question about the transplant. All transplants from small to large pots need to be done during the growth period, […]Read More
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,27 Apr 2017
      Art, It is not recommended to transplant after flowering is induced, but can be done if the growers is experienced and causes little or no stress. Happy growing – I❤️GM
  63. By Steve Caldwell ,02 Jun 2017
    Fabulous information. What do you think of the air pruning / fabric bag technique ?
  64. By Mark ,25 Jul 2017
    Hi there, Firstly thank you for all the info; I'm a first timer. Anyways I had a question. Say you have decide to grow in a greenhouse, and have successfully transplanted into the ground. 2 weeks go buy and the […]Read More
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,27 Jul 2017
      Mark, It is hard for us to tell you whether you can dig them up. You said you had to dig them up, so whatever risk there is is moot. I imagine you could move the plants but, no telling […]Read More
  65. By realwaziri ,02 Aug 2017
    hi, I have a question please, I planted my cannabis "2 sativa" and "1 indica" in a single pot and I want to separate and transplant them each, but I'm afraid that their root have been rounded the pot, an […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,09 Oct 2017
      realwaziri , You should never have started 3 plants in the same pot. There is no way to guarantee success and no damage to entangled roots. I advise you to get a tub and fill it with tepid water and […]Read More
  66. By Pam ,01 Sep 2017
    I had to move a flowering purple granddaddy indoors because we started smelling it from inside our house and were worried someone else could smell it and recognize what/where it was coming from. I dug a 15 inch circle around […]Read More
  67. By billy ,13 Nov 2017
    After germination can't I just plant the open seed into the 5 gallon bag I intend to grow in? It would save the repotting problem.
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,14 Nov 2017
      The reason we advise to start in a smaller pot first is to give your plant the chance to grow a strong and solid root system.
  68. By ALAN GANN ,27 Feb 2018
  69. By Jen Jensen ,17 Apr 2018
    I just transplanted one of my Dr.who girls into a gallon pot a few of her under side leaves are turning yellow and Browning at the tip. Not alot just like 3leaves ..did I put her in shock? And […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,06 Jun 2018
      Jen Jensen, That sounds like the soil you transplanted into was too hot. Best to join us at: so we can help you get on track :)
  70. By Donald ,22 May 2018
    My first seeds germinated indoors. In a couple of days the stems are long and splinlyabout 4 inches with 4 small leaves. How do I handle these 3 plants.
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,06 Jun 2018
      Donald, This is from inadequate lighting that is too far from the tops of the sprouts, so the plant reaches for the light until it stretches to the point of falling over. Get a T5 and place it 1-2" above […]Read More
  71. By Kelly Hartford ,05 Jun 2018
    All great words of wisdom! Thank you! Where do I go to find out about snipping the tops of the plant to encourage fullness, not height?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,06 Jun 2018
      Kelly Hartford, :)
  72. By Andy ,01 Jul 2018
    Hey guys, great article!! Thanks for the info...I have a couple of questions in regards to peat plugs: 1. Based on this article, you said that "The peat plug mesh perimeter usually acts as a hindrance to the roots, and […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,03 Jul 2018
      Andy, First. You never give seedlings nutrients! 2. A container is not a peat pellet. So when roots appear transplant to a a cup or a 1 gallon nursery pot...whatever. Your choice. Never transplant into large container as 1.2 the […]Read More
  73. By T. S. Beginner ,06 Jul 2018
    Getting ready to repot. Just want to say thanks for all the tips. Keeping my fingers crossed for a great crop.
  74. By GEORGE MEDREK ,09 Aug 2018
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,10 Aug 2018
      George, We guarantee all of our seeds and we all care. Kind of hard to read your jumbled "All Caps" but, I suggest you learn confidence by joining our forum at: Here in the blog we cannot answer as […]Read More
  75. By Sean ,15 Mar 2019
    What happens if the plant is ripped from pot an put back in will it live.
    1. By latewood ILGM ,20 Mar 2019
      Sean, If you can transplant a plant from pot to pot....If all the roots are ripped apart, you still would be able to re-plant the plant into a pot and let nature takes it's course. You will lose some, while […]Read More
  76. By Raquel ,21 Mar 2019
    Thank you so much helped me alot more knowledge is better than no knowledge
  77. By Jack ,03 Apr 2019
    When transplanting can I bury the stem up to the bottom of the first leave like I do with tomato plant
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
      Jack, Always keep the stem at the same height it was originally. You should not bury the stem at all. I also do not bury my tomato stems either.
  78. By paul ,23 Apr 2019
    Good basic gardening tips if you've never even planted a marigold or tomato if you have you're golden.
  79. By Sherrod ,26 Apr 2019
    Thanks so much for the great information! MMJ patient for 4 years now.
  80. By bella ,29 Apr 2019
    I have a small pot not even a gallon and I wasn't really intending to grow anything but I did and it wasn't in soil just outside dirt and there's currently 5 in one small pot how would I transplant […]Read More
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
      bella, It is hard to seperate roots. You can try but, in the future, never plant more than 1 cannabis seed ina pot.
  81. By Sheri ,30 Apr 2019
    Thank you for your in put. It was very helpful.
  82. By Danny ,08 May 2019
    What time of day is best to transplant? Morning, noon, or early evening? You say to avoid intense light for the first day, so i would assume sometime between noon and evening.
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
      Danny, I do not subscribe to the idea that transplanting has to be done any certain time, and I have never had a plant fail because it got full sun after transplanting because, you water them in. If you transplan […]Read More
  83. By Fanie ,18 May 2019
    Very helpfull but my plant is in flower stage and pot is to small i like the link Fanie
  84. By latewood ILGM ,20 Jun 2019
    Danny, Personally, I transplant whenever I get to it and I put them under my lamps in the growspace immediately. Different growers have different methods and ideals. I would not worry too much about when to transplant.. Outdoors under Sun […]Read More
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  86. By Walter ,03 Aug 2019
    I have a plant outside its growing taller, but there's no buds yeti I could show you a picture you could probably tell
  87. By Maureen Coffman ,16 Aug 2019
    Can I put pot in bigger pot after they bud they are Autoflowers
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
      Maureen, No! Autoflowers should be put in the size pot you want to grow in. They should not be transplanted or cloned or anything that would stress them and cause them to stunt. Stress causes autos to stunt.
  88. By John wanders ,01 Sep 2019
    I want to transplant an outside plant in the ground that is starting to bud to a 5 gallon container also outside to a sunnier spot. What are my chances of success?
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
      John, This idea will kill some roots and it is a crap shoot from there. You could try it and results will be proportionate to how well you preserve the established roots.
  89. By Jim ,12 Oct 2019
    I was working in my vegetable garden this summer and decided to take a smoke break...well I found a seed and gave it a fling a week later there it was lol well it frosted a week ago and now […]Read More
  90. By frank ,26 Oct 2019
    How impor is it to leave a layer if soil at the bott of the new conta
      1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
        Frank, You would have to have something at the bottom of the bigger pot...Don't you think? Happy growing :)
  91. By Melissa ,03 Dec 2019
    Is it better,or does it matter what time of day or night you transplant! Should I transplant 2nd day of bloom) before sun or before sleep,which is best? Thanks
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,03 Dec 2019
      You should transplant before bloom period, at least 2 weeks. Unless you induce flower period; You can tansplant and establish roots well before flowering. Happy growing
  92. By Ron ,16 Jan 2020
    Real good feedback thanks a bunch. 2TMCRONRON1💎
  93. By Cynthia ,23 Jan 2020
    I hI have a question is it OK to transplant while they’re sleeping ? Or while light ?,
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,29 Jan 2020
      Cynthia, Personally I transplant at the beginning of the light photo period so that I can see. There are varying opinions but, it really does not matter. Try to keep everything as simple as possible for the best results, when […]Read More
  94. By Brian ,19 Mar 2020
    im a newbie to growing indoors and id like to try the scrog technique but with the screen being so low it seems like it would be hard to pot up. Would it be ok to go from a starter […]Read More
  95. By Vicki ,05 Apr 2020
    Is there anything I can do if I transplanted my purple haze fem plant.And the bottom fan leaves died?
  96. By Camron ,09 Apr 2020
    hello!:) im starting seeds off with rapid rooters after a 24 hour soak for the seeds, and a 7 hour soak for the rooters, ill be putting the fresh seedlings in mothers earth coco mix filled non woven cloth feeding […]Read More
  97. By Melanie ,08 May 2020
    What if is wrong with the roots if they are not white but have a brownish tint to them? One of my plants had that and the other three are growing great and that one is not. However when it’s […]Read More
  98. By Doug ,27 May 2020
    My White Widow is in its 3rd-4th week of the bloom cycle and it is a female non-autoflowering. I'm growing it indoors in a 2'x2' grow tent and it's doing great. Some LST has caused it to develop upwards of […]Read More
  99. By Joseph ,11 Jun 2020
    Thank you for the tips. I have 2 plants that I started in a Aerogarden (hydro) I need to know if it is OK to move them into the soil (pots) and move them into the outdoors. Do you have […]Read More
  100. By Bill ,11 Jun 2020
    Thank you for your thoughtful articles.
  101. By Chris ,27 Jun 2020
    If the seed come from female will it be a female seed
  102. By Tom ,29 Jun 2020
    What happens after to transplant and the leaves start to wilt , what do you do to save it ???
  103. By JJ ,21 Jul 2020
    this is wonderful knowledge thank you!
  104. By Steve ,26 Jul 2020
    Hi Robert, I've got multiple plants in 5 gallon fabric Smart Pots that are well on their way. 3 pots - 1 with 4 plants - 1 with 5 - and 1 with 6. How can I separate and transplant […]Read More
  105. By Sally ,14 Aug 2020
    Is it too late to transplant if it's on the verge of flowering? I'm afraid it's run out of room and needs a bigger pot....
  106. By Rae ,05 Sep 2020
    Is it bad to transplant once it has started flowering?
  107. By Lucy ,06 Sep 2020
    I want to move my mature plants just starting to flower from their outdoor bed into large pots that will be outdoors in a sunnier location Can I?
  108. By Tina ,07 Sep 2020
    I have seedlings that are "leggy" and not upright. Should I transplant them so the stem is below the ground level to give them more support or stake them?
  109. By Ron ,23 Oct 2020
    I started my plants in an aero garden i transplanted the three plants to 5 gallon buckets in order to get roots apart I had to cut them. Do you think this will hurt plants?
  110. By ZANE’ ,15 Nov 2020
    I have 3 cannabis stems actually flowering way too early but am wondering if I should transfer them because right now they are in a flowerbed type planter. I had no idea it was actually going to work let alone […]Read More
  111. By Peggy ,04 Jun 2021
    Cant you just plant a seed directly into a 5gal container from the start?
  112. By Eric ,28 Jun 2021
    I started my clone off in a big pot and I have an indoor how would I switch over to a 5 gallon pot for a 14 inch pot
  113. By Rick ,27 Jul 2021
    Can you tranplant a plant thats been growing out doors for 2 months and about 4 ft high and 4 foot around in the ground

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