Do Roots Stop Growing In Flowering? in the
The Grow Room forums; Originally Posted by upthearsenal
Anyone think a transplant in flowering would increase yield (stress aside, because I don't stress my ...
It depends how much room they have now. As long as they have enough room to grow through the end of flowering, transplanting would risk more harm than it's worth. If you want to see what happens with more root room, just use bigger pots next time.
Originally Posted by upthearsenal
This part here is a somewhat more advanced technique just for people with experience growing their strain(s). Some plants have more continuous growth during flowering while others tend to grow to their full size and then slow growth as the existing bud matures. There are techniques to help prevent plants prone to it from creating new growth just before harvest, flowers that won't have time to mature and will lower the average potency of the plant's buds. Decreasing or eliminating nutrients at the end, flushing the substrate and even manipulating the photoperiod can all help to slow or stop new growth.
Since root confinement slows plant growth (just like with Bonsai), this too can be used to cause more uniform ripening. It's tricky because if you take it just a little too far, the plant will stall and stop ripening altogether. But, by knowing exactly what size container to use when your particular phenos are flowered at a certain size and grown with your precise growing techniques & schedules, you can use the beginning of root binding to your advantage. If the plants begin to become root bound at the very end of flowering but don't stall out, it will decrease new growth and increase the ripening of existing buds. The plant can tell that the source of it's food is starting to have problems and puts everything it has left into procreation, a.k.a. flower formation, before there's nothing left.
I can't stress enough how one mistake here can ruin your plants. Imo the best way to go about applying this technique is by slowly decreasing pot size and/or changing pot shape over the course of many grows. Some of our past internal discussions involved tapering the bottom of the pot to slowly increase the pressure on the roots as they grow at the end of flowering instead of them running into root binding suddenly. I ended up deciding that it wasn't worth the trouble.
Anyway sorry if I rambled on.
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What exactly do you mean? They were stuck on week three for three weeks, then resumed normal bud production?
Originally Posted by genuity
These are some great ramblings! seriously, good info, thanks.
Originally Posted by Mother's Finest
The plant is maybe three feet tall, if it would have been grown vertically, and it's in a 2.56 gal container. I didn't necessarily want to see what would happen with more root room, I wanted to see if a mid flower transplant would be worth it as far as yield. I'm guessing I probably wouldn't do it...
That's the plant I'm talking about, 3-4 weeks into flowering, Cataract Kush.
Did you have me quoted for an hour before you replied? I edited "branches" to read "stems" immediately after I posted.
Originally Posted by Illumination
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old thread but I have to comment I think from experience it continues to grow but at an extremely slow rate I always transplant the day I switch to 12/12 and when I'm done there isn't much new root growth in the transplanted soil and I myself reuse my soil so I'm always breaking it apart
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