Hydroponics To Soil Transplant In 4 Easy Steps

Thomas Angas by Thomas Angas | Last Updated: February 9, 2021

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There are an increasing number of gardeners starting seeds and plants in hydroponics and then transporting them into soil.

One of the biggest challenges to doing this is shock – something that can damage your plant.

In this post, we’ve given you a step-by-step hydroponics to soil transplant guide so your plants survive and thrive in soil.

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Why Would I Transport into Soil?

You don’t need us to tell you about the many benefits of hydroponics, crops grow quickly and abundantly, there are fewer pests and it’s less labour intensive and many gardeners are happy to just keep their systems running.

Hydroponic gardening extends your growing season and helps you reap the rewards of a successful garden. When the nice weather begins, you might want to go outside to enjoy the warmth, sunshine and fresh air.

Since hydroponic gardening allows you to grow year round in the indoors, you can easily and efficiently transport plants to soil into an outdoor garden.
A lot of time when starting an outdoor garden from scratch, seeds take time to grow because you have to wait for the warm weather to start. And seedlings bought from garden centers can be expensive, unavailable or hard to find.

Particularly troublesome if you start by planting outdoors, Mother Nature might surprise you with an unexpected cold spell and kill what you have planted when it was warm. Hydroponic gardening will certainly help you meet a successful growing season and have a lower failure rate.

Seeds or seedlings in hydroponic gardening can be started in winter and then transported to soil outdoors. By starting first in the indoors, you’ll eliminate any kind of problems that might happen if you had first started growing outdoors.

Whether you choose to transplant or are doing it out of necessity, it can easily be done from hydroponic systems.

Hydroponic Clones & Cuttings

The increased use of cuttings and seedlings makes transporting hydroponic into soil necessary. Domed incubation grow trays and mist propagation systems are both great for outdoor gardeners. Since their soil systems are similar after healthy root structure occurs.

Many experienced growers save donors plants to ensure genetics and other environmental factors, which helps to provide consistency for solid harvest.

Hydroponics To Soil Transplant Step-by-Step

When transplanting your hydroponic system to soil, use these easy steps.

  1. Make sure your potter is bigger than the plant and at least four to six inches of space. Plants should always live in pots bigger than them so they have room to grown. Also transported plants need more space for their roots to adjust.
  2. Before fully transporting plants to gardens, fill the pot with a growing medium that acts as a buffer. Because the pH is better for direct planting into soil, some growers use soiless peat mixtures.
  3. In the pot’s center, put a hole that’s larger than the plant root system. For any kind of plants grown stuck closely together, carefully separate the roots so you do not shock the plant.
  4. In the hole you just made, sprinkle mycorrhiza, which acts as a growth enhancer and help your plants absorb nutrients to increase absorption.
  5. Put the plant in the hole, adding dirt to cover.
  6. Immediately after transplanting to soil, add water. In order to minimize any shock level they might experience, transplanted hydroponic plants need water. They are used to water as their medium and this helps to ease the transition. Initially, you will want to use a quarter strength nutrient solution until they adjust and begin to find their own nutrients in the in soil.

Finally, transplanted plants need lots of light as they adjust to being outdoors. For a week or so, they will go through a hardening period to endure outdoor temperatures.

The Bottom Line

So there you have it, while the hydroponics to soil transplant does have some challenges, with proper planning and care there’s no reason that this can’t be a straight-forward process that avoids shocking plants!

Thomas Angas, the founder of Authority Gardening lives with his wife and two darling pups. He spends his free time writing, hiking and learning how to become a better gardener. He launched Authority Gardening in 2017 to help people all over the world their gardens grow.