Life after Hydroponics: How should I put a plant back into soil?

ines_99July 23, 2006

I have a plant that just isn't doing well in a hydroponic set up. I have tried everything and give up, I'd like to plant it into soil. What is the best way to do this without shocking the plant too much? Is there any particular soil that will make the transition easier?

The plant has probably been in a hydroponic container since it was a few rooted cuttings. It's a hoya, it was small when I got it( in the hydro container )and grew a bit initially, but has done nothing for years, even with fertilizer, good light etc- nothing seems to matter. It is one of those high priced hydro pots with the clay balls and built in thermometer and I would like to use the pot for another plant that will appreciate it!

Thanks for any advice you can give me!

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Before you re-transplant mama, make a few cuttings for backup, root them in your hydro system, and transplant the new babies in soil before the roots get too long, or you can also try rooting the cuttings in soil.

For the mama plant: perhaps you can replace the clay with perlite/vermiculite or rockwool, trim the roots back by 1/3 and continue growing mama in the hydro for a while. If/when mama recovers, you can then transplant everything into soil. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 8:48PM
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so I guess I shouldn't just repot into well draining soil, huh? Darn, that's what I wanted to hear...

I should use a mix of perlite and vermiculite - or use one or the other?

Thanks "aunatural" ( sorry, but with that name I picture you watering your plants naked!! )

    Bookmark   July 26, 2006 at 8:30AM
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It's too HOT for clothes. LOL! ;)
Unfortunately, it just doesn't look good for the Hoya. I think now that you should cut it way back to reduce stress on the roots, and then use all the cuttings to start new plants.
As you know cuttings rooted in a solid medium have less brittle roots than plain "water roots". My earlier thinking of cutting the roots back and regrowing in per/vem was to encourage non-water roots to grow into the medium. You will need to stress the plant with a "controlled drought" for this to be successful.
If you want to try this, 100% perlite dries out too quickly, 100% vermiculite stays water logged too long and becomes anerobic. There are some good starting mixes available at any nursery--usually some combination of perlite/vermiculite/sand/peat.

see this

Here is a link that might be useful: Transplant shock

    Bookmark   July 26, 2006 at 2:30PM
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