On my 1st grow I placed the starter pellets directly into a 5 gallon pail full of soil once the seedlings were established. Next time I will be growing in 5 gallon hempy buckets full of perlite and would like to use an intermediate container full of soil to get the roots well established before planting them in the perlite. Are peat pots truly biodegradable? Will they break down rapidly enough to not impede root migration or should I risk some transplant shock and remove them completely from the intermediate container and into the perlite? Thanks.
These plants are pretty resilient. I’d transfer to the final pot. If it isn’t 3 feet tall you should be fine.
I tried items like peat pots twice and didn’t really like them. Switched to rapid rooters and never looked back. I’ve never moved them to straight perlite though. Sounds like they may be worth checking out.
Thanks for the replies guys. I’ll grab some rapid rooters.
I wouldn’t recommend the peat pots (from personal experience). They will sometimes wick moisture, and they do limit the horizontal growth of the plant’s root structure. If you use them, I would make certain to peel away the bottom before transplanting. My recently harvested plants came out healthy, but the roots were definitely stunted a bit from the 5" peat pots I used in the first transplant. The peat will degrade over time, but certainly not during your grow. The rapid rooters are a good idea. Good luck.
I’m going to follow dbrn32’s advise and go straight from rapid rooter to 5 gallon pot.
I don’t use nothing for my seeds outside the 18-24 hour soak. Then 48 hours in damp toilet paper. Which is really ironic as I am growing 4 plants in which the seeds fell into the toilet.
Then the seeds go straight into their final pot. No transplanting whatsoever. I have my growing technique running smooth sails.