Transplanting has to be the most important part of this magical adventure, if the seedlings are not handled gently no adventure will be had. The seedling is very thin and soft, they will break or smash very easily.
The seedlings may start to grow into the fibers of the paper towel. When this happens it makes it hard to remove them, removing the seedling with some of the paper towel on the root is ok.
The Work Area- Getting Everything Set Up
When it’s time for transplanting all tools and supplies you need should be right in hands reach, there is nothing worse than picking up the seedling and have nothing to transplant into, or visa versa, the seedling is much too precious to break, smash or dry out!
The tools needed will be scissors a pair, tweezers and a ph meter. The supplies are the growing medium, a grow dome and some water that has been adjusted to the correct level with ph Down. All supply’s can be purchased at your local hydroponic store or online.
Preparing The Medium-Setting Up The New Home
To start you will need to get the water to the right ph level. You don’t need a lot, just enough to get the grow medium wet. You can use tap water, distilled water or water that has been purified by a RO machine (Revers Osmosis).
With the ph meter take a reading of the water and adjust with ph Down if needed, you want to adjust the ph between 5.5 and 6.5. The level is different everywhere, even in different parts of the town you live in. Tap water usually rangers from 6.5 to 8.5 and pure water is 7.
Once the ph is adjusted place the grow medium in the water to soak all the way through, remove and place in grow dome tray to drain of excess water. With the tweezers or scissors make a hole in the center of the grow medium.
The goal is to be able to put as much of the seedling in the hole without breaking or damaging it. It is easier to transplant the seedlings when they are smaller, the longer it is the more chance for damaging the seedling.
The picture on the right has used a pH Kit to get the reading. All you need to do is fill up the tub half way, add 3 drops of the pH Test Indicator and shake. You then match the color on the chart to get your reading.
Preparing The Seedlings-The Most Important Part
Before I go any further I would like to add some additional information for those that might not already known, if the marijuana seeds are not feminized you will be not be able to tell if the plant will turn out to be a male or female. More on males at a later post.
With everything ready open up the plastic bag or remove the lid from the dome and place the paper towel on the working area. If germinated in plastic bag remove and unfold the paper towel. At this point all other steps will be the same.
The seedling should be transplant once they are about a 1/2 to an inch. The longer they get the more chances of the seedling growing into the fibers of the paper towel or even worse they are no longer any good. When you have seedlings that have grown into the fibers, with the tweezers gently put out the seedling.
If it will not come out you can cut around the seedling, leaving the least amount of the paper towel as you can. The little girls are so fragile right now, they can break or get mashed very easily.
Transplanting-The Girl’s First Move
Now that we have everything ready it is time to transplant the seedling, very gently pick up the seeding with the tweezers and place the seedling into the hole of the grow medium leaving just a little stick out of the surface.
Lightly tap down all around the seedling to get packed in, you are going to want all air pockets out these are not something you want. The seedling on right in the picture below is how I would want my seedling.
The Dome Home-Waiting On The Root System
The seedlings are now ready to be placed in the grow dome. Seedlings that are growing in soil should also be placed into the grow dome, once the seedling has popped out of the soil.
Carefully place the seedling into the dome and take note of the strain and date, when more than one strain are in the dome label each plant. Put the lid on and set the grow dome in the grow area. The dome should have all vents closed so the humidity can rise, keeping the seedlings warm and moist.
Once the seedling are in the grow area the light can stay on 24/7, unless the seedlings start to shoot up to fast, when that happens the light timer will need to be set.
Usually the timer is set for 18 hours of light and 6 hours of dark. The timer can always be changed to suit the growth, if the grow area has not been set up, this would be a good time to do so.
Now it is time to wait for the root system to began to grow. Once you can see the roots starting to poke out of the sides and/or bottom of the grow medium it is time to open up the vents on the grow dome.