Waited a bit too long to transplant, should I have broken up the roots a bit?

Hi all! Waited a bit too long to transplant my photos, had exams all week and didn’t have the time/energy. Here’s what they looked like at day 16:

And here’s the roots when I pulled them out of the cups:

I’m wondering if I should have frayed/separated the roots that are running in circles along the bottom of the cup before transplanting them. I tried carefully separating/fraying them, but they were fairly delicate so I just plopped the rest into their new pots as they sat. They’re all safely in their new homes, but I thought I’d ask in case I run into this again in the future.

And just for fun, here’s them in their final pots:



They look nice and healthy.
What strain? :thinking:

Thanks! This is my first time with photos, they’re already growing much faster and healthier looking than my previous auto runs. The 4 pictured are 2x White Widow and 2x Girl Scout Cookies Extreme, all four are being grown to be mothers to clone off of.


Great job, I see they have lots of company in the background. :face_with_monocle:

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What are those pink rings?

They’re “hydro halos” as part of an automatic watering system that I’m testing out on these plants. Basically a hollow ring with holes drilled in the bottom that you feed pressurized water to evenly water your plants. Supposed to be much more consistent in terms of water distribution than standard irrigation heads, but they’re also a bit more expensive to set up and they have to be installed from the start, lest the plant gets too big to get the ring around or you sever the roots when poking them into the soil.



Looks good, my solo cups are usually full of roots when i transplant. Never had a problem. I would proba ly try not to damage the roots. They will be happy to have more room and will grow quickly, i use great white myco when i transplant


I would not unravel the roots before transplanting. Roots growing along the bottom of the starter cup is what I look for before transplanting. The better developed your root system is the less chances of shocking your seedlings when transplanting. So I would say you are good to go.

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Yep roots are fine as is. The plants are better off not damaging them. And, welcome to photos. If you are like me, there is no turning back.


Lightly breaking up the root ball at the bottom if you see theyve become slightly root bound helps stimulate fresh root growth as well helps her spread out. Leaving them that way prolongs fresh growth because theyve been trained to grow in an enclosed circle.

Its not going to hurt anything leaving them that way though. I wouldnt go digging em back up or anything.