When growing in pots inside or out, transplanting is going to become a normal thing. However you don’t really want to transplant more then 3-4 times through out a life cycle. Not just poor transplanting but just transplanting will produce some amount of shock or stress to the plant. Which can cause many issues. From seed most growers will use a solo cup or a seed starter. for 1-2 weeks. Then transplant into 1-3 gallon pot. Then 3-6 weeks later you will more than likely pick the final pot for flowering to harvest.
Clones on the other hand may only need to be transplanted once. From cut to a 1-3 gallon pot .Then to final pot size. You want to transplant to final pot size at least a week before start of flower.
There are a few reason for transplanting and not just planting right into a garden or 5+ gallon size. While watering a larger pot size with a small rooted plant. The plant may not get a good amount of water because it will flow down quickly. Also as you water the soil will get water logged on the bottom and roots wont grow there.
Over all you want to transplant gently and carefully. Best way is to gently push on the sides of the pot or use a butter knife to get the soil off all long the sizes where it meet the pot. Then use your hands and place the main steam between some fingers. Flip slowly allowing the plant and the soil with root come out smoothly. You want to transplant when the soil isn’t wet. Some soil may fall off the ball of soil and roots. Thats ok don’t worry to much, just be careful. You will want to barrier the plant up to the first set of leaves in the new pot.
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