The Cannabis marijuana transplant process begins and ends with healthy roots and thick hearty foliage, and these things are not mutually exclusive. The temperament of your cannabis plant should be resilient prior to transplanting into any medium, standing freely on its own with rooting support fully developed into the medium it has outgrown. As the marijuana transplant process begins the grower should use pH neutral or 5.5pH gloves (ideally), as handling the root zone area should be done without contaminations from human skin oils and other toxins or chemicals. Do not worry about breaking a couple of the roots by accidentally chopping them in half, as this generally causes more focused root growth in other root zone areas anyway as we will discuss in a brief moment. The cannabis plant is frequently referred to as WEED, and rightly so in a matter of ways, first and foremost the following three notations:
- Cannabis plants have the astonishing ability to quickly adapt to new pH variables.
- The cilia (small fibrous hairs) along healthy roots are an indicator of overall root conditions.
- Marijuana clones will develop roots at the top, bottom, or sides when survival beast mode kicks in.
Although cannabis plants need to have the correct pH range of 5.5 to 6.4, they can fluctuate beyond this range for an indefinite period of time. Flushing the plants will yield balance if the pH ever becomes compromised and fluctuates out of the acceptable range. Flushing of cannabis plants is accomplished by running the correct pH feed through all media until the run off water tests out correctly. To test the run-off water, first saturate your medium with the correct pH balanced feed and then after sufficiently running this feed through your medium gently squeeze the medium to reveal the new pH run off values. To flush your root zone successfully, make sure to utilize a highly stable pH down mix. Advanced Nutrients pH down is currently one of the most stable mixes available on the hydroponic market, as it combines multiple types of acid to produce a more substantial and long-lasting effect. Once pH fluctuations have ceased and stability is achieved, the root zone will typically turn from a goopy brownish color to bright white and will begin developing those fuzzy cilia.
Another overall indication of subprime root development is a moldy or mushy appearance in your root zone. This can be avoided using a lot of different methods but here today we will talk about correcting it. One of the most certain forms of remediation for unhealthy rooting zone is introducing de-concentrated hydrogen peroxide to your feed solution, once a week or as needed. H2O2 is the chemical formula for hydrogen peroxide and this basically indicates that it is made up of two parts hydrogen to two parts oxygen, and as these molecules break down they become one part water (1x H2O) to two parts oxygen (2x O2) and this breakdown yields overall oxygenation of your feed solution with those extra oxygen ions. After utilizing hydrogen peroxide in your feed solution for several weeks you will notice immediate reciprocation, and any previously damaged roots will typically either fall off and die or regain their initial healthy white and fuzzy momentum. Hydrogen peroxide is commonly known as a "root scrubber" and can help save your garden in times of trouble! Amongst other things, when incorporating hydrogen peroxide as a root scrubber the grower will notice any beneficial bacteria will die off and become ineffective, as well as all of detrimental bacteria and microorganisms living inside your feed and medium.
Here at GoogleWeed Labs, we have run experiments on cannabis during the cloning stages in all sorts of different methods. One test we ran across several thousand fresh cuts yielded full rooting capacity in 99% pure darkness. This test actually occurred by accident when one of our collective workers accidentally placed 45 fresh-cut trays with sealed domes inside one of our storage units, which never got reported, and it was discovered three weeks after the fact where 50% of the plants had already finished rooting. Once the mistake was discovered three weeks into the process, a closer examination of the plants was commissioned and yielded a deeper understanding of what exactly had occurred: apparently all these fresh cuts finished rooting and with no substantial light source, no supplemental water, and no exchange of air. Although these precious fresh Sour Diesel OG cuttings had no chance of life without a fresh water supply, survival mode turned these little beasts into well rooted survivalists. We discovered a significant portion of the clones died shortly after physical roots developed, as the demand for water increased exponentially at that point. We were amazed to find that a solid 90% of the clones (that still had water inside the rooted cube) actually survived this traumatic experience, and as we had no purpose in keeping them after this neglect was discovered, we did what anyone would naturally have done: we flower them out in a test batch! The 300 remaining viable "pitch black" rooted clones flowered perfectly solid single colas in under 70 days and yielded absolutely no stress indicators, genetic defects, or hermaphroditic traits.
Four years prior to this experiment, GoogleWeed Labs accidentally produced another experiment in one of our modular cloning machines. At this point in time (2013), massive modular machines were being proprietarily developed by GoogleWeed Labs, that could extend a single growers physical capacity and production numbers of clones significantly. In fact, it was modular machines holding 4,500 cuttings each that were able to root trays at around 92% success with minimal human intervention using arduino controllers, humidity controllers, and variable rate fans in multiple air exchange zone areas. At this early point of our company existence, this feat of boosted production was astronomically important. Part of the 8% defect rate, one single Sour Diesel clone provided the most interesting of phenomena. After spending 5 to 6 days in the device with humidity range in the upwards of 85 to 92%RH, a tray had been accidentally placed on top of a solitary Sour Diesel (soon to be lab subject), and entirely severed the Diesel clones top leaf structure ;-(. What remained was somewhat resemblant of a clone; a rockwool cube with cut inside, a middle area with several live branching leaves, and a severed exposed top with no leaves. By the time we found the test subject, rooting activity had already occurred along the rockwool cube bottom and most surprisingly along the severed top. We had developed our first accidental mutation!!!
Let's Continue analyzing the transplant process of the cannabis marijuana plant. During this transplant phase, a growers watchful eye and corresponding logic must be applied to nutrient feed. Survival of the fittest dictates the plants natural response to starvation, which occurs when a cutting has been created and no source of food can be obtained through the root zone anymore. A similar state of affairs occurs during transplantation, and growers should be weary of feeding heavily during this period of time. We at GoogleWeed Labs have noticed transplant success closely collaborates with nutrient feed starvation, and this collaboration is nothing short of natural selection in the Cannabis cycle of life. Certain rooting hormones can be applied during the transplantation stage, however general grow or bloom feed products should be avoided until complete root penetration of the new medium has occurred. Overwhelming plants too early with unnecessary and unusable nutrient solution at high PPM levels will lower the overall EC, leaves immature marijuana plants struggling to utilize the overbearing feed that has been provided.