@Undead-Toker yes &"sorta" hehe. most but not all have been "double potted" and so the "crown" portion of roots may be very rootbound & drying out, hoping to become a stem, I guess. But the 5gal buckets are about 7 gal of fresh soilless mix for revegging. So there's definitely a bit of both to make things complicated.
those funky tops may get "modified"...cut the plastic away & buried.
@toastyjakes yeah, i can't deny the obvious 7+ pH signs & know that my ewc(vermicompost) clocks in at 9+ pH so it's a challenge.
@Esrgood4u @Meesh at least we're on the same page hehe
@spaceman I didn't remove much roots at the 3rd transplant, they were older but not too bad. My objective is building root mass to transplant outdoors in about 6 weeks, to have BIG "starts". But I hear ya. Anything that lives in a container needs that pruning sometimes unless you sparkle.