I know most people

The next generation are in solo cups / lightning warrior soil going into an PM hp living soil kind of thing and I understand its considered sacrileges to transplant an auto and i did last time and it seemed to go well enough but my querie is as follows:
Instead of waiting until 2-3 weeks from now why not transplant say in 3-4 days while their roots are still solidly within the confines of the cup thus eliminating any worry for root damage should the rootball flake at all.
The solo cups are simply a result of the lack of open parking spaces in the grow room but things are moving quick in there with two 5 gallon beasts knock knock knockin’ on heavens door and another 3 gallon princess maybe 3-5 days behind unless she start for some reason to speed up her process.they all popped the same day,so what do I know?

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If you’re going to transplant 3-4 days after sprouting you may as well just start the plants in final pot. Which there’s nothing wrong with. The reason you see a lot of people srart small and pot up is increase the speed of process. In most cases plant growth is more rapid after root base is formed. Roots typically fill smaller pot faster which usually leads to earlier plant development. When started in larger pot and everything else is equal it’s usually just a little longer before you see plants develop at same rate. So the thought process is to get the plants going a little faster then move to larger pot where the plant is more easily managed for remainder of grow.

Some people have a really good technique and can transplant without much for ill effects. Some people can start in larger pot and barely notice a difference. But there are also those that stunt their plants transplanting and those that start autos in large pot and have 4 week old 6 inch tall plant start flowering. Sometimes issues are from something particular with genetics, sometimes a simple mistake was made, and sometimes a grower is sloppy or clueless. The other side of that is some are just flat out lucky.

At the end of the day some things may work fine for some and not for others. If you have an idea research and give it a shot. At the very least you should learn something.

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well… it will be in 7-10 days or so and as I said there was no room in the grow room for them in larger 5 gallon pots . Soon I’ll be trimming the previously harvested plant in time to hang two more in the dry room as a fourth wraps it up about a week behind.Once the first two get hung I can sneak the 7 …now
transplanted from solo cups to 4 in 5 gallon pots and 3 in 7 gallon pots(outdoor crew).Once the remaining flowering plant from the first grow gets hung,all those others will be going outside for a day or two for sanitizing and ventilation enhancement(ac).

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I always start in cups and transplant when the leaves are as wide as the cup. I have never had one stress. The roots keep it in a pretty fair clump coming out. That’s what I did on this gorilla glue which is on day 39 today.

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I’ve found that using the same dirt the plant was in in the new transplant hole greatly increases a chance of a good plant. I’ve made about every stupid mistake anyone can make and learned a thing or 2 from most of them.

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I only have one grow under my belt so I wouldn’t know if I negatively impacted the yield or anything else when I had the disastrous transplant.
I did everything as well as I could.
One week before transplanting I accidently knocked three over while still in solo cups.
Its a bull in a china shop thing.
Am I correct in assuming the soil accompanying the plant within the cup should be a bit on the dry side while the soil you’re transplanting into is a bit wet so the roots seek the newly encountered moisture?
I had read that on a vegetable gardening website and I’ll be darned if I can think of a reason why it wouldn’t apply to cannabis. The root ball and soil tend to not fall apart as readily as when they’re moist.
For me anyway.
Ive been hunting a small garden shovel that has a radius similar to a solo cup with on the premise that you could turn it (The solo cup/ soil and plant) horizontally and sneak that shovel of choice under it and let it ride the bottom half of the cup and sneak it out as a whole and whala …parties over.

There are several advantages to up-potting vrs starting in the final pots. The biggest being just a healthier, more robust plant all around. The growth rates after up-pot are nice too, but best done when the cup is full of roots and they’re plainly visible through the cup - if you use clear inside opaque Solos at least.
You want them at least to the bottom of the cup.

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I love this chart. It shows what I have always known to be true which is why I transplant 4 times from seed to harvest. Excellent post Tyler.

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Thx - I think I snagged it from Growweedeasy if I remember correctly.
And it’s totally true! I go from Solo to 1g starter bags to final 3 or 5g and the growth is noticeable after each up-pot.
Bigger roots = BIGGER shoots!
:sunglasses:

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I do the seedling cup. Not sure how big it is. Then I go to a small pot maybe 1 qt…then to the 1.5 gallon then to the 5 gallon. The last up pot is a week before the flip.





These are all of the transplants on the GFOG I am going to harvest here real soon.

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