Atlas Plant Trainer: Grow Guide Series
Transplanting for Bigger Harvests
Transplanting into larger pots is critical for bigger yields, as the old saying goes – more roots equals more fruits!
Now that we have cut our clones, we are ready for transplanting! We have six clones of our Salmon River OG strain for each of the three different nutrient programs we are using: Sohum Living Soil, Success Nutrients, and Advanced Nutrients. Just like the cutting stage, be sure your work environment is clean when you transplant from the cloning machine to your containers.
🌿 Labeled cups or containers
🌿 Pro-mix Soil
🌿 Nutrient Program
Step One: Prepare Cups for Clones
After labelling your cups with the strain, and nutrient solution if you are using more than one, of your clone grab your scissors and poke drainage holes in the bottom of every cup. You want to ensure the holes are large enough for water to drain even after you have packed your soil into it.
The first clones we are planting into our cups is with the nutrient program Sohum Living Soil. They have a very simple, all-in-one, method where all the nutrients are in the soil mixture. All you have to do is add the soil mixture with tap water and you are ready to go. Ensure you mix the nutrient soil at a 50/50 ratio with a standard potting soil mix at the cloning stage so your plants do not get overstimulated.
When using Sohum Living Soil, you do not need to balance the Ph, but we like to keep our water at 6.6-6.7 on the Ph scale. Next, add a decent amount of water to your soil mixture ensuring you saturate the soil with water. It will provide a nice solid base for these plants to grow into. When packing the soil into your cups, take a handful and stuff the cups full. Keep in mind you do want to leave space for the clone. Using your thumb, create a hole in the center of the densely packed soil.
Learn how to make adjustments when using new nutrient programs and soil mixtures. More soil means more moisture, which means a better home for your plant. Fill the soil right to the top without overflowing it.
Step Two: Transplant Clones With Sohum Living Soil
We contacted Sohum and their experts recommended that the ideal root size is to aim for is 4-6 inches for an optimal transplanting experience. Nearly two weeks in, day thirteen, our roots are much larger than needed for transplanting. In fact, you could probably transplant the clones into five-gallon pots.
Once you have all your cups filled with soil it is time to transplant the clones from the cloning machine. If you leave them like we did and the roots are quite long, be very careful. Ensure the roots do not get tangled with another plant. As you begin placing the roots into your cups, gently twirl the clone in a clockwise direction to get the roots in easily without damaging them.
Once you get them down in the cup, be careful not to damage them, gently pack the soil around the clone and the roots. Using your fingers and a soft touch, press the soil into the cup surrounding your clone. Keep in mind you can always add more soil to the cup to ensure everything is covered properly.
Step Three: Clone Transplanting with Success Nutrients
If you are using a liquid nutrient system, set up your transplanting station just as you would if you were using a soil based nutrient system. The only additional item you will need is the liquid nutrients you are using as well as a five-gallon bucket to mix them in. The biggest difference between a soil based and a liquid nutrient program is the feeding schedule. Most liquid programs come with a feeding chart that you will need to follow. If this is your first time using a nutrient program, use a little less than what the requirements state on the jug.
One of the most essential supplements for producing high-quality plants is a B vitamin supplement called Superthrive. It can be found at many hydroponic stores. To begin, get a child’s medicine syringe or something else you can measure small amounts of liquid with.
Follow the system recommendations that the nutrient company supplies you with. If you do not you can encounter errors and issues such as nutrient burn. Always stir your water consistently. This is especially true as you are adding the various nutrients to your master mixture. Having exact measurements are important. You never want to go over the PPMs that the nutrient company recommends.
Step Four: Transplanting Clones with Advanced Nutrients
This process is almost identical to the Advanced Nutrients program because they are both liquids, require measuring, and the use of multiple jugs of product. I have been using this system personally for over four years. We will start by adding the nutrients to our five-gallon bucket of water. Always give your nutrients a good shake before you begin measuring.
We will start by measuring out 5 ml each of Sensi Grow part A and part B. In that precise order. Next, add some B-52- about 3 ml. After that, you will add roughly 4 ml of Cal-Mag by Botanicare. You can always check your PPMs while you are mixing. The goal is We will also be using a root enhancer by a company called Great White. Because the nutrients can come in fairly large jugs, always start with a smaller cup to measure out the correct amount of nutrients with your syringe.
Shoot for about 700 parts per million or so. This is a good start with this mixture. The plants could handle a little more, but it is better to play it safe. While you are testing your mixture, add some root enhancer. We use Great White, but any root enhancer will do. Next, add a drop or two of Ph solution to balance out your mixture. The ideal level is about 6.2. A little above or below is acceptable.
PRO TIP: Always mix your nutrients inside the water jug you will use to saturate your soil.
If you are like us and you are using multiple nutrient systems, be sure to separate your clones in the veg room to ensure they receive the individual care and attention they require. Keep in mind that old saying less is more. This is especially true if you are following the amount guidelines on the nutrient product container.