Transplanting is by far one of the most critical stages of a plant’s life after cloning and requires much care and preparation, along with patience and a gentle touch. Just like the stress people feel when moving from one home or office to another, plants feel similar moving pains.
When taken from an aeroponic system to another grow medium, plants are at higher risk of getting broken roots, so handle them delicately. Also, try to limit the number of transplants, and if going into a container, choose one that is large enough for its roots to spread and live a long time.
While there are many growing mediums, some are more popular than others. We compiled a list of the âtop 5â and detailed the benefits and potential drawbacks of each.
Like with most growing methods and techniques, there is no âone way,â as itâs all up to the growerâs preference to decide the desired way to transplant from “ezcloner” to medium. So, do what works best for you and donât be afraid of a little experimentation â it could end up increasing your plantsâ yield and prove to be a great learning experience!
Top 5 Transplant Mediums
To Aero - A simple and smooth to transition for the plants, aero-to-aero is the least messy transplanting method, though arguable one of the most challenging grow methods.
To Coconut Fiber - A truly organic growing medium thatâs gaining popularity in the grow world, coconut fiber can be used in soil and hydroponic gardening systems; some growers also mix it with perlite or expanded clay for increased drainage.
To Expanded Clay- A wildly popular and simple hydroponic growing medium, expanded clay is lightweight and nearly inert, meaning itâs pH neutral and releases virtually no minerals into the nutrient stream. Due to its incredible ability to hold oxygen and nutrients, expended clay is an ideal growing medium for rooted clones and mother plants. Next to soil, itâs the most versatile growing medium.
To Soil - One of the more forgiving growing mediums, soil is ideal for outdoor growers or anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a little dirt.
To Rockwool Cubes- A relatively new growing medium, Rockwool is comprised of spun rock and sand, allowing it to retain great amounts of water. It also holds onto air, which is prefect for newly transplanted clonesâ vulnerable roots, and comes in many shapes and sizes. It is not without its drawbacks, however.