Now that your cannabis seed has successfully germinated, it can be transferred to a small growing pot, if outside the soil. Choose a lightly fertilized soil at first and do not use any nutrients. Only add products that encourage root growth. Due to the location of our physical stores in the city centers of Maastricht and Roermond and the negative stigma on growing cannabis, we do not sell potting soil. Good organic soil is available at every garden center. One or two 40-litre bags of soil is enough for a small-scale grow.
Start with a small pot
The advantage of growing the germinated seed in a small pot is that you can better regulate the moisture in the first days of the plant's life. If the soil is too dry and the seedling evaporates more than it can absorb, the seedling will start to dry out. With a large pot the water will sink to the bottom while the top, where the plant actually is, is already drying out.
Watering your cannabis plant
When giving water the top will become moist again, but the soil at the bottom of the large pot will become increasingly wet. When at a later stage the roots reach the bottom of the pot as here the root stimulation is greatly reduced in the wet earth. Very thin and fine spore threads grow on the root wires of the plant. These spore threads look for the moist and nutritious places in the soil, the roots will grow in these directions. If the soil is too wet, there is no reason for the roots to look for water and the roots will grow less. If the soil of the pot is too wet and too humid for a longer period there is also a chance of root rot, which would mean the end of the plant. In a small growing pot it is all a bit easier to oversee and especially in the first days this can be crucial. Look at the seedling every day and keep a close eye on it, but leave it alone and don't touch it with your hands. Watering is best done with a plant sprayer by misting the soil, make sure the force of the water is not too great so the young seedling is not damaged.
The very beginning
Sometimes the seed husk does not come loose by itself and stays stuck on a leaf. This is not a problem, after a few days the husk will become brittle and fall off by itself. Or it can be easily removed with tweezers.
The lobes are the first leaves the plant makes, they have a round shape and not yet the pointed serrated shape. This is only recognizable with the second set of leaves.
From the month of May the seedling can be placed behind a sunny window. The number of light hours is then sufficient for the seedling to grow. A disadvantage is that the amount of light is sometimes not enough, causing the seedling to stretch. This means that the leaf will look for light and the seedling will grow towards the light, the stem will become very long but will not grow thicker. The young seedling becomes fragile and unstable with a chance of bending or even breaking. It is best to put the seedling under a lamp with lower power or under fluorescent light.
After about a week to ten days the small growing pot is fully grown, you can see this when the roots start to grow out of the bottom of the pot. Now it is time to move the seedling to a large pot (20 liter). Ideal here is that the soil in the small growing pot is drier than the soil in the large pot. This gives the roots an incentive to grow into the large pot in search of water. So give little or no water from two to three days before repotting. Feel by the weight of the pot whether the soil is not drying out too much.
- Fill the pot with a good organic soil mix, do not press too hard. First fill the pot about half full.
- Place the small growing pot on top of the soil in the large pot.
- Remove some soil from the large pot or add more soil so that the top of the soil of the small growing pot is about three to four inches below the edge of the large pot.
- Now hold the small growing pot with one hand and fill the space between the two pots with the other. Again, do not press the soil too hard.
- Eventually the large pot will be filled to three to four centimeters below the rim with the buried small growing pot. The soil in the small planter is level with the soil in the large planter.
- Now look carefully at the position of the seedling in relation to the large pot, this will later become the final position of the seedling.
- Now prepare water with root stimulator. Carefully pour the water along the outside of the small growing pot, not too much but enough so that the soil around the growing pot is thoroughly wet. You can also lift the small spout a bit to make it easier for the water with the root stimulator to get between the soil and the spout.
- When the soil around the small grow pot is sufficiently moist you can remove the growing pot from the soil. You now have the imprint of the growing pot in the soil.
- Now you are going to remove the seedling from the small growing pot. Place your hand over the small grow pot, with the stem of the seedling between your ring and middle fingers. Make sure the stalk is not caught between your fingers. Pick up the growing pot with your other hand and turn the pot over, now you have the pot turned over on your hand.
- Squeeze the sides and bottom of the growing pot a little so the soil loosens and the contents are on your hand.
- Remove the pot carefully so as not to damage the roots. The entire plants' life is now literally in your hands.
- This is also a good time to take a good look at the root (growth), but not for too long because the pile of soil is fragile.
- Place your hand on the upper side (the bottom of the soil) and put the seedling upright again. Now you can grab the earth on the side with your top hand and carefully insert the seedling into the preformed hole in the large pot.
- Then pour another small amount of water with root stimulator over the seams. You may still choose to add a layer of soil of about an inch on top, but this is not necessary.
There you go, the seedling has been repotted!