My big bushy plant has out grown my Aerogarden system and I don't have the budget to make a bigger system. Is there ANYTHING I should know or do when I transplant my baby to a regular soil pot?
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Thanks for any help in advance!
She's gonna be fine.
Second, you're going to need to trim her back a bit. The transition from sucking water through roots in water to sucking water through roots in dirt is a major one so she'll need a bit less foilage, about half.
You're going to chop about half her roots off so the foilage left should match.
Trim her today and look forward to transplanting in about 5 days to a week.
After the week when she's recovered, trim the roots to about half their original size.
Give her about 4 days to recover from that.
This step is optional but actually helps a lot if you have container large enough to do it with. Soak the whole plant for about half an hour to an hour. I'm serious here. It won't hurt your plant and will help it a lot to be completely saturated with water while it's changing over to dirt roots.
Make sure your soil is very fluffy and light. Pre-moisten it until you can sqeeze a handful of it and BARELY have a drop of water form but not squeeze out and drip off your hand. Use this soil to fill your pot, minus the hole where the root ball will be going.
Pull the plant out of the hydro setup (or container you were soaking in) and sprinkle DRY dirt on the roots. Optimally you'll want to cover every root with a bit of soil so you'll have nice dry, soil covered roots in your root ball.
Don't worry if you break roots, just be sure not to leave a bunch of broken roots in the dirt. Be careful but not brain surgery careful.
Hold the plant over the pot with the roots in their final height and slowly fill in with moist soil until you've filled the pot.
Water thoroughly with a Vitamin B1 rooting hormone solution or fish emulsion and let it dry over the next several days. Your baby should be fully rooted by the next time you need to water her.