When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings After Soaking

Key Takeaways of Cartier Crops Grow Diaries: Day 4

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4 - When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings After Soaking

Embarking on the journey of cultivating cannabis is filled with crucial decisions. One of which is understanding when to transplant cannabis seedlings.

This transition is a crucial moment in the life cycle of your plants, marking their progression from fragile beginnings to robust growth. As you observe the taproot of your seedlings extending about ⅛ to ¼ inch, many questions arise.

  • What kind of container should you use?
  • How much water is necessary?
  • What type of growing medium is best suited?
  • How can you minimize the shock of transplantation?
  • What conditions do cannabis seedlings need post-transplant to thrive?

This blog post dives into the intricacies of transplanting cannabis seedlings. We’ll guide you through the optimal timing for this critical step, strategies to prevent transplant shock, and the nuances of watering your young plants. We aim to equip you with knowledge and techniques to make informed decisions, ensuring your cannabis seedlings have the best possible start.

We’ll share insights on the ideal materials and methods as we explore these topics. Stay tuned as we dive deeper into the world of cannabis cultivation.

AspectKey Point
Propagation KitAC Infinity Germination Kit for optimal seed germination
Organic SoilUse Fox Farm Ocean Forest Organic Potting Mix for nutrient-rich growth
Watering TechniquePrecipitator 360 Degree Spray Bottle for even soil moisture

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Starting with the Right Supplies

Your success in growing Native Sun Genetics Seeds begins with selecting the right supplies.

We recommend the AC Infinity Germination Kit, which provides everything necessary for proper germination.

When it comes to organic cannabis nutrients for soil, starting with an organic choice like Fox Farm Ocean Forest Organic Potting Mix ensures your seedlings get all the nutrients they need without additional feeding.

You’ll also need tweezers and a cup to pour your soil into the inserts. 

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings After Soaking - Starting Supplies

Native Sun Genetics Seeds

How Long Does the Seedling Stage Take Cannabis?

The duration of the seedling stage in cultivation is a topic of interest for many growers. The cannabis seed germination process, which kickstarts this stage, can vary in length depending on several factors. This included the specific type of cannabis seeds used and the germination method. For instance, using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water can expedite the germination process. You can often see results within just 3 days. However, speed doesn’t always mean readiness for transplantation.

Some growers have observed germination in as little as 1 day. Yet, rapid development doesn’t mean the seedlings are ready for the next phase. For best results, it’s generally advisable to wait until the seedling reaches a length of about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch. Although transplanting after 1 day is possible, delaying to the recommended size promotes successful and robust growth. This ensures young plants are sufficiently developed to withstand the transition and thrive.

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What Size Pot Should I Use for Transplanting?

Determining pot size for cannabis seedlings starts with preparation. A common method involves using a plastic cup to fill each tray insert in an AC Infinity tray with soil. Filling to the top is important as the soil settles after spraying. Once the inserts are filled, smoothing the soil with your hand ensures an even distribution and prepares the medium for the seedlings.

This step sets the stage for a successful transplant, providing a stable and nurturing environment for young plants to thrive. This approach is a key aspect of effective cannabis cultivation, creating optimal conditions from the early stages of plant growth.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries: Seed Germination
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries: Seed Germination
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

Next, prepare your spray bottle with reverse osmosis water, pH adjusted to 6.0-6.3. Spray about six pumps into each square where the seedlings will go. The aim here is to moisten the media without making it too wet, which can lead to root rot.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

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How Do I Transplant Cannabis Seedlings Properly?

Carefully create an indent about 1/4 inch deep in the soil for each seedling. This step is critical – too deep, and the seedling might struggle to surface; too shallow, and the tap root could get burned by the light. Using tweezers, gently place each seedling in the hole, ensuring the tap root faces down and the seed shell is just at the soil surface.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

First, carefully use tweezers to lift the seedling out of the solution, ensuring it does not grasp the roots. Position the seedling’s lower end (the tail) into the soil, pointing downwards, as shown in the accompanying picture. Then, gently cover the roots with soil, exposing the seedling’s shell to the soil’s surface. It’s crucial not to bury the entire seedling; excessive moisture can harm the cotyledon, preventing its growth. Many growers have encountered issues at this stage. Additionally, avoid compacting the planting medium too much, hindering root development.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

There’s no need to worry if you have a seedling that has fully sprouted in the solution. Hold the seedling by the cotyledon and place it into the planting hole, ensuring the cotyledon remains above the soil, as illustrated in the photos. This method is the most effective for ensuring successful seedling growth.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings
Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

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How Do I Minimize Transplant Shock in Cannabis Seedlings?

Minimizing transplant shock ensures healthy cannabis seedling’s development. Creating a controlled environment is key. Using a dome helps maintain high humidity levels, which benefits young seedlings. Soft lighting is essential; like AC Infinity seed germination kit with adjustable settings helps. Start with lower light settings and gradually increase as seedlings grow.

In addition to these measures, handling the seedlings with care is vital. Avoid unnecessary touching or movement, stressing the plants and impeding their growth. Other strategies include watering the seedlings lightly before transplanting to keep the roots moist, using a well-draining soil mix to prevent waterlogging, and ensuring the new pot is the appropriate size to avoid root constriction.

Using Soil Helps Seedlings Get Off to a Great Start

Research also suggests that using seaweed or kelp extract can aid in recovery from transplant shock. This is why we use organic media when we transplant seedlings.  Furthermore, maintaining stable environmental conditions post-transplant, such as consistent temperature and humidity, can help the seedlings adjust to their new setting more easily.

Following these guidelines can significantly reduce the risk of transplant shock, allowing your cannabis seedlings to thrive in their new environment.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

Remember, patience is key in this stage of growth. Resist the urge to intervene too much – nature knows best.

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Stay tuned for the next part of this series, where we’ll explore the nuances of watering and nurturing your Blue Face seedlings beyond Day 4. If you missed Days 1-3 of How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds with Hydrogen Peroxide, click the link to catch up on that before moving any further. 

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What is the Best Environment for Cannabis Seedlings Post-Transplant?

  1. Seedling Stage:
    • Focus on Temperature (75-81°F) and Humidity (65-70%).
    • Watering: Light misting using a spray bottle.
    • Soil: Fox Farm Ocean Forest Organic Potting Mix.
  2. Vegetative Stage:
    • Lighting: Increase to 18-24 hours per day.
    • Nutrients: Introduction of vegetative-stage nutrients, starting with a diluted solution.
    • Monitoring: Regular checks for soil pH, plant health, and adjustments in care.
  3. Preparing for Flowering:
    • Upcoming focus on changes in light cycles and nutrient requirements.

The early days of a cannabis seedling’s life are crucial, and maintaining optimal conditions is key to a successful growth cycle. In this section of Cartier Crops Grow Diaries, we dive into the specifics of temperature control and further care for your Blue Face strain seedlings.

Temperature and Humidity: The Balancing Act

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings

According to Surna, cannabis seedlings thrive in a specific temperature range, typically between 75-85°F. This range provides the ideal environment for robust growth. A heat mat under your propagation tray can help maintain this temperature, especially in cooler climates.

Humidity is equally important. Seedlings require a higher humidity level, around 65-80%, to encourage healthy growth. A humidity dome, as included in the AC Infinity Germination Kit, helps maintain these levels.

Watering: Less is More

Overwatering is a common mistake in early seedling care. The roots are still developing, and excessive water can hinder their growth. Use the Precipitator 360 Degree Spray Bottle to mist the soil lightly.

Remember, six pumps per square were enough initially; continue with this light approach until the roots establish themselves. On day 6 I’ll share how to water your seedlings with Reverse Osmosis water with a syringe for best results. 

Important Tip: Lighting: Gentle and Consistent

The right lighting is crucial. Start with a lower setting on your grow light and gradually increase the intensity as the seedlings grow. This gradual increase mimics natural sunlight conditions and helps in acclimatizing the plants. Avoid placing the lights too close to prevent burning the delicate young leaves.

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Can I Transplant Cannabis Seedlings Directly into their Final Container?

When it comes to transplanting cannabis seedlings, one common question is whether it’s feasible to transplant them directly into their final container. The answer is yes, but with some important considerations to remember.

For auto-flowering cannabis strains, direct transplantation into the final container is often recommended. Autoflowers are known for their susceptibility to transplant shock due to their shorter life cycle. Minimizing transplants reduces the risk of stress, which affects their growth and yield. However, it is crucial to be mindful of overwatering, especially in the early stages. Overwatering can lead to various issues, including root rot and stunted growth.

In contrast, when dealing with regular photoperiod cannabis seeds, a gradual approach is advised. The process usually involves moving the seedlings through several stages, from germination trays to intermediate containers like solo cups or 24 oz pots, and finally, to their permanent home. This step-wise approach allows the root system to develop gradually. It can encourage healthier growth and prevent root bounding or shock issues.

Regardless of the method chosen, ensuring the right conditions, such as soil pH, light, temperature, and humidity, is critical for the healthy development of cannabis seedlings. Remember, each strain might have specific requirements, and understanding these nuances can be key to successful cannabis cultivation.

Advanced Techniques for Healthy Growth

As your Native Sun Genetics is established, consider introducing advanced techniques to encourage robust growth.

1. Gentle Handling: Always handle your seedlings with care. Use tweezers when necessary, and avoid touching the roots directly.

2. Gradual Hardening: Gradually expose your seedlings to the growing conditions they will face post-transplant. This includes adjusting to natural light cycles and airflow.

3. Monitoring Growth: Keep a close eye on your seedlings for signs of distress, such as drooping leaves or discoloration. Early intervention can prevent bigger issues.

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings advance techniques
A healthy seedling, focusing on its vibrant color and strong stem.

When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings: Vegetative Stage

Cartier Crops Grow Diaries Day 4: When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings Vegetative Stage

The vegetative stage is a pivotal phase in the growth of cannabis seedlings, especially for those cultivating Native Sun Genetic strains. As your seedlings mature and prepare to enter this vital stage, your meticulous care and attention will lay the groundwork for their future health and vigor.

Before transitioning your seedlings from their initial trays to larger pots, consider these important steps:

  1. Sex Identification for Regular Seeds: If you’re working with a mix of regular and feminized seeds, such as the Blue Face Strain, it’s crucial to identify the sex of the regular seeds early on. This is where tools like Farmer Freeman can be invaluable, helping you determine the gender of your plants. This step saves time and resources, allowing you to focus on the plants that will meet your cultivation goals.
  2. Root Ball Development: A critical factor to consider before transplanting is the development of the root ball. Ensure that the root ball has fully expanded to fill the insert. Transplanting before this stage may damage the roots, leading to transplant shock and adversely affecting the plant’s growth.

The start of the vegetative stage is marked from the moment the seedlings are moved from the inserts into their destination pots. This timing is crucial as it influences when to switch the plants to the flowering phase. Properly timing these transitions can significantly impact the overall health and yield of your cannabis plants.

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When to Transplant Cannabis Seedlings: Flowering Stage

Looking ahead, the next step in your grow diary is preparing for the flowering stage. This is when your plants will start developing buds. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post covering the shift to the flowering stage, including changes in light cycles and nutrient requirements.

Remember, each stage of your cannabis growth journey is an opportunity to learn and improve.

Stay tuned for our next blog post to discuss your growth diary’s next steps, including transitioning to the vegetative stage.

Comment below if this blog post was helpful or if you need help. 

Hey I’m Cartier Crops. Since 2018, I’ve been helping passionate cultivators in the cannabis industry. Join our community and get insider knowledge about plant cultivation.


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Cartier Crops has been breeding seeds since 1998. In 2018, he started helping dedicated cultivators in the cannabis industry. Through his content, Cartier shares advanced techniques, the latest research, and expert insights to support growers. With his guidance, 28,000 individuals have turned into successful plant-growing champions.

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