Beautiful and happy looking roots right there for sure!
I’m with you 100% on that @Hogbud. I’ve seen and heard the term “transplant shock” thousands of times, but never experienced it. If our plants could talk, the only thing I would expect to hear after a transplant is “thank you”, lol. Like a Hermit crab who finds a bigger shell. He’s not going to complain, he’s going to party, lol.
Beautiful and happy looking roots right there for sure!
This is a great topic Cap I also have never had an issue transplanting and I am not careful when I do it lol I fall on both sides of the fence here. I started using nursery bags just to make transplanting easier for me. I also seem to have a lot of dumb luck when it comes to autos. One thing I think may be important to note. Or I think so is. It is easy to over water and slow things down starting in a solo cup or final pot. And that really effects things here. Here is my dumb luck for autos.
This is one that was 2 weeks old. The little one in the one gallon pot
This was week 4
This finished out at 13 oz
I messed up big time on more than a few autos when I started growing and all have been kind to me.
Other than over watering when starting things off. I think to many over feed autos. I have had less than a handful that could handle more than 1/2 strength with my GH nutes. With jacks. I do full strength since it is pretty mellow.
Other than my jack herrer. All have done better top fed. The JH has been my biggest auto and a total shocker for me
I got an app for the light measure and right now it shows 588 for PPFD at the top of the seedling.
What should it be? Never measured light before so not sure where is should be at. The lux showed about 32000. Is that good or bad?
Thanks for all your advice it really is helpful.
Hey @Not2SureYet, you were actually a big part of my decision to try transplanting autos several years ago now. You were the first person I came across that was already doing it that way. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve transplanted a few hundred autos by now, so I’d say I’m pretty sure it’s safe to do, lol.
Thanks Cap. Just curios. Do you feed in the seedling stage? I used to use just water. But have been feeding with jacks for so long that now I kind of wonder how I would do with just water again
I use R/O and or dehumidifier water, so I always have at least some calmag in there as a buffer, never plain, but I do start feeding very early. Not with base nutrients, but I use calmag, silica, B-52, Bud Candy, Photosynthesis Plus, and humic acid from seedling on through veg.
Of course. More then a few runs where done this way. Then I introduced mykos.
I think transplanting photos works because it aleviates a stress. The roots are near bound in the solo cup and then BAM new space is available. They savagely look for the limitis of the new space. This stress is not necessary for an auto. You only have a set number of days for the roots to branch out and then the feed hairs to branch out. This works especially well in cloth pots. The limits are easily found and the branching begins. Mykos help this process immensely! Starting in the pot and transplanting before rootbound begins are the same thing only with an extra step.
Id attribute your increased sucess over the years to your refined techniques and trial and error along the way, the aquired grow skills, more then I would transplanting as a singular practice.
Likely the biggest reason you see the suggestion not to transplant Autoflowers is this…
This forum is dedicated to 1st time growers reaching a successful harvest. With ILGM seeds would be nice but never seen any descrimination, for genetics from anywhere, here. With that in mind the likely success of a first time grower, with autoflowers, is that they start in the larger forever pot. Lotsa ways to shave this kitty. Your way looks like it works great!
Thanks Cap I appreciate the shout and @fordk5932 I would be happy to help, I explain my watering practices at the beginning of every grow and you can search Dennis 62 to find all my grows. I will tag you to my current grow where you can chat… Happy growing yall
I’m glad I found this thread…. Even though I just started my 2nd run ever. I put my germinated beans right into their forever home.
I will be definitively trying the careful banana peel transplant method in my next run.
I did the same thing with my first run and set a goal of 2oz per plant and…. Well let’s just say I fell short of that….
My biggest plant was 16” the rest were hovering around 13”-15” I’m guessing I stunted them and that’s why the stated shortys, or lowriders.
This is my current 2nd run hoping a can do better than the last one. New tent new extra light.
Do you happen to soak your beans? And after you do do you moist paper towel in zip lock baggy germination or directly into solo cup from soak?
I didn’t soak my beans in my first run just germinated.
Thanks for your time and advice/wisdom btw. I’m
Hey @DevanGuy56288, I do soak my seeds for between 18 and 24 hours before planting, but then I plant directly in the solo cups.
I used to do the paper towel germination method, but I quit that a while ago now. Either way is an acceptable method, and they both work fine, I just feel it’s unnecessary to go through the extra steps, and I haven’t had any stuck hulls or helmet head seedlings since I switched.
I see you have some fabric pots and some traditional hard pots. I think you’ll find more success with the fabric pots. Not only do they make for a healthier root zone in general, but you’ll go through wet/dry cycles faster and get to feed/water them more often.
One of the posts above has a link to my current grow journal. It has the details of almost everything I do to raise my seedlings, and I’ll be updating it throughout the grow.
I just transplanted some autos about 10 days ago, and no issues so far. Honestly, i didnt mean to start them in solos🤣. But i just banana peeled them out the solo without disturbing the coco or roots at all. They are ilgm grandaddy purps, from seeds gifted to me by @alienofasoul. Thanks again buddy for the beans!