It’s nearly Christmas, this means there are only two more PotCast episodes before the big day! That’s right, this week’s episode plus next week’s episode constitute the last episodes of this humble PotCast before the Holidays. To celebrate, we have some amazing topics lined up, not related to Christmas but we’re definitely bringing gifts this year, the gift of knowledge being primary among them. So, without further ado, let’s dive in! Read, in Kronic’s own words, what’s happening in this week’s episode.
How to Safely Transplant Cannabis Plants
Transplanting your marijuana plants can be a scary endeavor for many novice growers and even for veteran growers. One small hiccup or mistake can really stress your plant or kill your plant if you make a big enough mistake. So how does one transplant safely and with the least amount of stress to your plant? Well, don’t worry gang, as always Kronic is here to tell you his secrets! That’s right I’ll tell you what I do to have a blossoming plant every single transplant, and I even transplant autoflower seeds with 100% success so far!
First and foremost we need to understand a few things about cannabis plants. Photoperiods are going to always be much more resilient to high doses of stress compared to any ruderalis genetic, which includes pure ruderalis, autoflowers, or fast version seeds. Ruderalis genetics are always going to have a lower threshold for stress, which means if you induce too high of stress you may very well get a hermaphrodite. So how do we transplant all of our cannabis plant types safely? One of the biggest secret ingredients that help me maintain a healthy, stable, and stress-free transplant is mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae is a seriously important key ingredient to allowing your plants to access as many accessible nutrients as possible after the transplant has been completed. This is why I recommend dusting your transplant spot with mycorrhizae and also your root system. This will allow microbial life to be attached to your roots almost like a web, trapping all the excess nutrients your plant’s roots alone would have missed. This creates a nutrient superhighway within the roots themselves, being able to collect and source through nutrients at a much more rapid and efficient way.
The next key to success with making sure any cannabis plant is happy after a transplant is to be sure to time the transplant with a feeding day. Don’t ever do a transplant without giving some access to food. Compost teas are the absolute best to feed after a transplant as teas have microbial life that has been brewing or breaking down inaccessible nutrients to make them instantly accessible. This means when you feed a compost tea after a transplant, on top of the mycorrhizae dusting, your roots will be able to access a massive supply of all the macro and micronutrients they’re going to need with this newfound space to grow! This helps boost the bounceback or healing time your plant will go through.
Growing with Clones
Which brings me into our topic of clones and the pros and cons of growing from clone! Well if you are someone who loves to have consistent medication, quick turn around, and you aren’t picky on variety there won’t be many cons for you when it comes to clones! Now if you are a pheno hunter, you like variety for your ailments, you don’t have a lot of space, utility costs are cause for concern, or you aren’t home often enough to have a constant plant vegging, well clones may not be the best choice for you.
So, how do you decide if you want to grow from clones or not? Well as mentioned above you’ll want to germinate some seeds to get some mothers going or a mother going, which means you’ll need additional plant limits or space to house mothers or a mother plant. Now what is a mother cannabis plant? It’s exactly that, a female plant that “births” clones in a way. Since we trim the mothers and root out the small trimmed branches to create clones, these sourced plants become known as the mother plants.
Now you will always want to start with a quality mother plant to clone from, as these clones will be exact replicas of the mother. So if you start off with bad or poor genetics that are unfavorable you will continue to recreate the same poor or unfavored genetic traits.
If you want to get even more information on either of these topics, make sure you hit the play button above and give this week’s PotCast a listen!