whats "hempy" mean
Ok, so I have been reading through some hempy grow threads and found that one of the many questions people have about going hempy is:
"How do you transplant with a medium like perlite and vermiculite?"
Well, I’m here to show you!!
This is by no means the only, right, or perfect method of transplanting. There are many other methods such as The BOG style of transplanting, where you cut the bottom of the old pot off and place the exposed root zone in the new medium. This is just how i prefer to do it, and thought I would share it with you guys! If it helps one person it was worth it........
First, we start out by inspecting the drain hole to see the mass of roots growing around the hole. If you see heavy roots, or just plain know you need to transplant, follow the simple steps below for an easy transplant. Heres what i am starting with:
Prep the area first by:
- Having a new pot or bucket
- Cut the hole in the standard spot (1” hole, 2” up the side of the bucket) or smaller for smaller pots.
- Mix your Perlite/Vermiculite medium (3 parts Perlite to 1 part Vermiculite)
- Have water ready and PH adjusted to your preference of the proper PH range
- Fill a spray bottle full of the water and put spray head on.
- Get a chair, relax, and get ready to transplant!
Now you have your new pot ready, medium mixed up, and water on hand. Add medium to the new pot, up to the desired level for the plant and root ball to sit on top of (in my case the top of the drain hole was fine). Spray the medium with the spray bottle slowly, to wet the mix a little…NOT TOO MUCH.
***Do not over fill it; the base of the stalk (where stalk meets medium) should not be any higher than the top of the new pot when placed inside.***
Place your hand over the top of the cup, placing the stalk of the plant between your middle and ring finger.
Turn the cup partially up-side down (so no perlite falls into the plant, It’s a pain to pick back out of the plant later).
Give a gentle tap with your hand on the bottom of the cup. This will loosen the medium from the cup and you can pull the cup right off the root ball.
*** Be careful of dropping mix and it falling out of your hand (best if done over a spare bucket, tray, or lay plastic). ***
(Looks like this one was ready for the move.)
Place the plant root ball as close to center in the new pot as you can….nobody is perfect! LOL!!
Here I like to spray the root ball again, especially if I just smoked and this is taking waaaayy to long to get in the new home. I think it is good to keep the root zone moist as much as possible during the transplant to reduce shock, but not overly wet!
Now you are ready to backfill with the mixture. Use a little cup, or the old 16 oz cup the plant was in, and back fill around the whole plant. Slowly and carefully is better here to keep your area clean as possible for the next few steps!
After you backfill, you can give a little packing to the top of the mix, by gently patting down the top layer of the medium,but it isn’t required. Just helps sturdy it up a bit!
Use the spray bottle to slowly (and carefully at first) spray the top of the mix to moisten it up a bit. The mix will more than likely fly all over the first few sprays, but will eventually get heavy enough to stay in place. Give her a couple sprays to soak in good...
If you are patient or OCD like me, you can spray the medium with the spray bottle thoroughly until the water streams out the hole, and you are done. if not go to the next step.
Remove the sprayer from the bottle. You can now pour the water directly onto the mix…slowly…and evenly to ensure good watering to the new DRY mixture. ***Be sure to water slow and evenly for the first watering for better results!***
When the water starts to pour out the drain hole, you are done watering.
You will more than likely have roots on the top of the mix that are uncovered, DO NOT PANIC… they will head under into the new moist happiness below in a few hours to safety! LOL!!
Don't forget that since you transplanted, the roots are now higher than the reservoir and need to be watered every day until the roots hit the reservoir again, like the first two weeks of seedling stage.
Hope this helps somebody someday!!
lilmafia513- Nice thread, excellent pics and explained very well. + rep. Happy holidays, Peace
Excellent thread and great pix! Thanks from a hempie newbie! Happy 420!
-- Saul Good
(What's so funny 'bout Peace Love and Understanding...?)
Nice thread bro! Simple and informative Happy 4:20