Transplanting from soil into hydro
Sometimes you get a clone or seedling started in soil, and you have a hydroponics system. No problem! This simple and fast quide will get you into transplanting from a soil base to a hydroponics system in no time flat!
I'm using a tomato since it was the only thing I had on hand (plus it was destined for my LED test chamber for fruiting,) but the steps and principles are the same for most plants.
First get a rinsing bucket and your hydro system prepared.
Take your small soil plant, and hold it like in the second picture.
Dip the soil ball into the water, and gently shake it while you use your free hand to break up the soil ball and gently knock the soil from the roots. A little soil left on the roots is fine.
Gently insert into your hydroponics system, make sure the roots have access to water.
Secure the plant, you're set to go.
Five pics, five steps, five minutes.
Don't forget a tablespoon of Physan 20 in a gallon of water to rinse in. It will kill any bacteria or fungi or virus from soil so not to contaminate the hydro. You can wash all tool and your hands to clean them off.
The big thing is cyanobacteria posing as root rot and it can easily transfer from soil to hydro.
Or run bene's but from what I'm seeing bene's are very expensive to keep in hydro with all the water changes.
"Don't forget a tablespoon of Physan 20 in a gallon of water to rinse in. It will kill any bacteria or fungi or virus from soil so not to contaminate the hydro"
This is pointless to do, bacteria are EVERYWHERE and a simple breath will load your hydro system down with a bacterial culture.
And a good bacterial culture is essential for a properly-functioning hydroponics system. Those bacteria take the non-nitrate nitrogen sources and fix them into nitrates. Those good bacteria also compete heavily and keep harmful strains of bacteria from gaining a foothold and killing your plant.
That's my point. I bet half the peeps doing hydro do not run bene's. You either run clean or you run bene's. 3 hydro stores near me and none run bene's. Why ? Because they use over a 1000 gallons a week and the cost of the amount of bene's they need are too great. Talked to a friend that runs comercial hydro and they do not run bene's because of cost.
Originally Posted by khyberkitsune
Don't get me wrong I'm coming around to realizing that running bene's is way better than clean. It is very hard to keep it that way. We have had a very bad problem with cyanobacteria and once it gets a hold bene's and such do nothing. Just offering a way to clean up and not comtaiminated things any worse.
All my problems come from a brother that is so cheap he drags dirty and used supplies into his grow. Then passes them to others and when they have problems he laughs because he wants to fuck you over. And no amount of cleaning with chlorine will kill it. Then you can tell him how you cured it.
My Bro's motto
Give a man a fish and he is not hungry for a day.
Teach a man to fish and now the motherfucker is catching all my fish.
It was no slams on you man just offering a way to keep bacteria fungi and viruses out of you system and it is the best way to clean hands and tools.
And for those who smoke tobacco, you have tobacco mosaic on your hands and if not clean when handling clone and seedling can be transferred.
"Talked to a friend that runs comercial hydro and they do not run bene's because of cost."
Bene's don't cost anything if you know how to run your own culture. It takes two days, one agar dish, and a bacterial sample from a washed root system. Total cost, maybe five bucks for the agar dish and the q-tip for obtaining the culture. Two days, you've got enough bacteria to load a 20,000 gallon reservoir and begin full bioconversion of unabsorbable nitrogen-based nutrients.
It's what we do in our fodder systems in Australia. Dirt cheap and the yields increase at minimal costs.