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- Mar 11, 2013
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....you could, but I'm with @Autoseeds.com on this,... it's just compounding the risk factors,... but in a pinch, it's do-able! IMO, it's that initial tiny pot that's a non-starter; keep in mind auto's seem to work their roots more initially than photo's do, so bottoming out happens fast in such small volumes, plus the lousy drop depth,....With bigger, longer growing Auto's, would 2 transplants be pushing it?
Say insta-cup into 2+ quart styro or bottle using your tech, then later into a 5 gal pot or outdoors?
Oh, well then Cheers to that! .... -- no pyrotechnics skills mates, just a load of stunted plants when I first started! Seedlings can be a hair pulling mystery sometimes,.. certainly I have flubbed a transplant before, and some recovered with surprising aplomb,... others gave me the finger the whole way across the finish line!Hi Waira,
This was one of the very posts I looked at before joining and before germinating an auto.
It is excellent but I also anecdoted it to friends in a humorous way to highlight the sensibilities of the little ladies. Your system is so considerate I wonder if you were in bomb disposal at some time.
In blighty we aren't very styrofoamy anymore and the only I could find had a three-week delivery wait. Untenable with seeds in hand! So I used 3 litre pots and were as gentle as an understanding gynecologist and all would be well if some had flowered and some had smelled!
Some key things to consider: how well the root mass has developed and can hold the soil together without collapsing when removed.... and having just the right level of moisture in the pot before trying,... too wet makes it heavy and more likely to crumble off... too dry can do he same thing depending on the soil/medium's cohesiveness (coco has none!), plus dry is just plain bad all around,.... this method helps eliminate the troubles in either case,....
damn, the curse of availability! Work with what you can get, and if it's smaller volume, then you just have to transplant sooner is all,... Is styro' banned where you live? I get mine at a sort of restaurant supply/grocery store, only place I see cups of this volume (32oz),..
And of course there's more than one way to work this out! Check out my man @912GreenSkell method for transplanting here, ....though the plants are photo's in the demo, same methods can be applied for auto's in smaller volume, more easily modified cups- --- Check out his grows, Skelly is a champ at tough climate outdoor monster growing!