Do you want to replace the plants in some of your pots? 

You have a few different options for doing so:

  1. Sow new seeds. Note: ensure that the new plants get enough light
  2. Use cuttings from other plants
  3. Transplant store-bought plants to avoid waiting for new plants to grow

Also, see how to start over (in all of the pots).


Option 1: Sow seeds again


Change the soil and sow seeds again

You can replant in used soil, but used soil often contains nutrients, roots, and the wrong pH balance which can affect germination and growth. Experiment, but we recommend new soil for the best possible germination. Get new coconut soil here.

Empty the soil and rinse the pots before adding new soil and sowing seeds. See also: How to sow for the best result.


Ensure that the new plants get enough light

The new plants must get enough light. Place the new pots straight below the plant light and lower the light bar. You should ensure that the larger plants do not throw shade on the new ones.

Newly sown seeds in the pots in the middle. We have lowered the light slightly to ensure that they get enough light. The light should be lowered even further than in the picture, and make sure that the plants around do not shade them.


The larger plants around will grow towards the light and may stretch over the newly sown pots. Therefore, trim or thin the larger plants to ensure that the new seeds get enough light.


Set Auk to the correct plant phase

If you change two pots, set your Auk to phase 3. Then, it will continue as usual.

If you change four pots, set your Auk to phase 2. Then it will give slightly less water and nutrients. Ensure that the larger plants get enough water; if not, add some water, and adjust to phase 3 if it becomes too dry.


Alternative 2: Use cuttings (but remember that they also need enough light)

You can also kickstart your cultivation by using cuttings; see video here. Cuttings are simply cut-off parts of another plant. You can stick the cuttings straight into the soil.

Note! It may take some time for the plants to develop new roots and begin to grow. This varies from plant to plant. As soon as they grow new leaves, they must get a lot of light, so make sure the other plants do not shade them.

Tips for success with cuttings:

  • Remove large leaves; try to have only small leaves on the cuttings
  • Make sure the plant is placed deep into the soil. Try to have one or more sets of leaf nodes (the point on the stem where the leaves grow out from) below the soil, but remove the leaves from these nodes – this is where new roots grow!
  • Turn off the light for the first few days. Cuttings risk drying out if they get too much light in the beginning (as they take a little time to create new roots)


Alternative 3: Transplant store-bought plants in some of the pots

You can also transplant store-bought plants in some of the pots. This often works well since they will be the same size as the other, grown plants.

  1. Take the store-bought plants out of their pots. Tip: cut the box open to protect the plants and roots
  2. Put them in an Auk pot. It can be tricky to fit them in, so you can squeeze them together or "fold" them up. Try to protect the roots as much as possible.
  3. Add some coconut soil (available here) if there is space in the pot. This allows the soil to make contact with the water in the base plate, which is very important.
  4. Let the Auk continue in the phase it is in (phase 5 for grown plants)

At first, the store-bought plants typically "fall over" from the shock of being transplanted, but they will recover :)


Good luck with your new crop! :)