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Unless you have planted your seeds into a pot large enough to sustain a full-size grow(which is not recommended), then you will need to transplant your young plant once or twice , in order to ensure maximum health. A healthy marijuana plant will soon outgrow its starter cup, and a root bound plant will grow very slowly.
A good rule of thumb to go by is to check the plant size against the cup size - when the plant becomes taller than the container it is in, then it is time to transplant. Another indicator is droopy leaves or a plant that needs a lot of water - these are sure signs that your plant has outgrown its pot.
The best way to check if your plants are rootbound is to remove your plants from their containers. If you see that the roots are circling the plant, or coming out the bottom of the pot, it means your plant is root bound. If it is root bound, you'll need to break up the roots a bit before you plant, so they can grow unrestricted. If you don't the roots can keep growing in a circular pattern and strangle the plant. Some people rub the outside of the roots to untangle them while some are a bit rougher and pull the roots apart. Do whatever suits you - MJ plants are very forgiving.
Another good rule of thumb is to transplant the marijuana plant into a container that is double the size of the current one, or larger. This allows the roots to spread out and develop. Marijuana requires one foot of soil height for each foot of plant height, so prepare to have a minimum of a 5 - gallon container for the final transplant.
There will be little shock if you are quick and tender in your handling of the plants. It's important to do the transplanting before the flowering phase, as this not a time you want inflict stress on your plants. Give the marijuana plant a week to recover from transplanting then it should be ready for the flowering phase.
Water your plant just enough to moisten the roots. If the soil is damp it will hold together better for the transplant process. Fill the the larger container with potting soil, leaving enough room to set the plant and root ball in.
Use the handle of a spoon or knife to go around the edge of the pot to loosen the soil, or squeeze the pot a bit if it's flexible. The root should be extremely well developed by this point. Often times roots become root bound and are very easily removed from the container.
After you have gone around the plant entirely, turn the plant over using your hand to support the stem and soil coming out. I put the stem between my fingers and cover as much surface of the soil as I can.
In the bottom of your pot use the drain holes to push out the soil. Go around once and gently shake and lift the pot away from the soil.
Put the freed marijuana plant in the hole of the new container and gently push soil around it.
Top it off will some more soil until it's almost to the top and just give it a good spray to wet it down a bit. You should start to see growth again in a few days.
And there you go, you're done!
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