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5 gallon smart pots overkill?

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namvet25
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Welcome to AFN. When you have a moment, stop by the intros page so everyone can get to know you.

To answer you question, I use 5 gallon smart pots on almost everything I run. It is not overkill at all. My roots always fill the pot up completely! I have actually considered going up to 7.

That being said, with larger pots you are going to have a larger plant. Especially with the TD’s. I would seriously consider only using 2 plants. I grow in a 4x4x7 and can tell you, with 5 gallon pots and a scrog you are going to be happy with 2 plants, save your other beans for a second grow. 4 plants is entirely too much for that area. You will get almost the same yield with 4 as you would with 2.

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namvet25
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Welcome to AFN. When you have a moment, stop by the intros page so everyone can get to know you.

To answer you question, I use 5 gallon smart pots on almost everything I run. It is not overkill at all. My roots always fill the pot up completely! I have actually considered going up to 7.

That being said, with larger pots you are going to have a larger plant. Especially with the TD’s. I would seriously consider only using 2 plants. I grow in a 4x4x7 and can tell you, with 5 gallon pots and a scrog you are going to be happy with 2 plants, save your other beans for a second grow. 4 plants is entirely too much for that area. You will get almost the same yield with 4 as you would with 2.

homegrown
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thanks for all the help guys i will swing by the intro page.

Yes namvet it spreads them out evenly across a chicken fence or net system for more budsites reaching light is how i understand which makes for more medium size flowers across the plant instead of 1 main cola

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The picture below was 2 Polar Lights in a 4×4 space. Take into consideration the TD’s are going to be much more productive than these plants were but you get the idea. There really isn’t enough room for 4, maybe one more could have been squeaked in but i don’t think you gain much from it. In the 5 gallon pots it allows for the branches to really expand out. You can try it, but I will say this, After those two I grew 5 in there and swore I would never do it again. An absolute pain in the ass. Humidity levels were skyrocketing, I had to buy a 25 liter dehumidifier and a portable AC unit just to keep the tent in the low 80’s. The leaves were constantly transpiring on each other and causing problems. I am not saying it can’t be done but the TD’s are gonna get big in 5 gallon pots and with ample room to spread out I don’t think you gain much. You only have so many holes to fill in with the scrog and then, no matter how many plants you have in the tent. It is over. You will be trimming everything else. But, I haven’t done it either, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Howdy Afn my very first post…. im doing a Scrog grow in a 4×4 area with 2 8bulb T5 lights with Think different. im thinking of only putting 3 ladies in…

Are 5 gallon pots adequate?

HydroNito305
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shpongler
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I’d say they are good.
it depends a little on your grow style.

i grow in 2.5 gallon pots and do 2 weeks of 18/6 and then flip to 12/12 ( a little alteration on the 12/12 from seed)
By the time my girls are fully in flower and stopped stretching the pots are filled with roots but not root bound. for me this is ideal. i have limited grow space and would probably get better results with a little more volume of pots.
my grow takes around 3 1/2 months to finish like this (about the same time as yours)
So 5 gallon pots should be sufficient!

But ofcourse, if you have the money and courage to work with huge pots for all your girls, they will reward you for it more root space = happier plants overall.

HydroNito305
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I’d say they are good.
it depends a little on your grow style.

i grow in 2.5 gallon pots and do 2 weeks of 18/6 and then flip to 12/12 ( a little alteration on the 12/12 from seed)
By the time my girls are fully in flower and stopped stretching the pots are filled with roots but not root bound. for me this is ideal. i have limited grow space and would probably get better results with a little more volume of pots.
my grow takes around 3 1/2 months to finish like this (about the same time as yours)
So 5 gallon pots should be sufficient!

But ofcourse, if you have the money and courage to work with huge pots for all your girls, they will reward you for it more root space = happier plants overall.

shpongler
Active Member

i grow for self-use only.
I grow under 250w hps with 4 x 23w CFL’s for supplemental lighting in the corners where my hps won’t reach.
I grow 2-3 plants depending on sativa / indica dominance in a SCROG.
my last harvest was 107grams from 2 autoflowers. (wich was an experiment)
Now i’m growing photo’s again more yield / better ganja
it’s kinda a stealth grow tough, cause i live in a not so big appartment
My grow space is like . 4ft wide 2ft deep and 3.3ft high only!

and summer temperatures are killing me :'( my auto’s would’ve yielded alot more if they hadn’t had to battle the heath for 2 weeks in the final stages of flowering )

Dr. Who
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What you propose is quite do-able! – *EXCEPT*

If you have run plants in 5’s before AND got 8 per. your fine!
If your not a good doubling of the 1 zip per gallon of pot size rule. You might want to start at 7 gallon pots – You would have NO problem there.

* I am inclined to say your going to “need” 60 days of veg to reach that goal! Hope you have a good production strain too. You’ll NEVER hit it with say GSC or Blue cheese – etc.

daloudpack
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Budley Doright
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Muleskinner
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5 Gallon should be OK – I’m planning to do three 5-gallon pots under my 600w next time around. My bush-style plants tend to become huge, each 5-gallon pot will yield a canopy of 24″X24″ or more.

I do 100% organic, for me the 1 ounce per gallon of soil is a good benchmark. A succesful, healthy grow will give me 1 ounce per gallon, high-yielding strains and a perfect run will enable me to get 50% more.

How much space do you have? If it’s 4X4, I think 4 5-gallons would be perfect. If I had a 5X5 area I would use the 7-gal pots.

also stop buying Foxfarm stuff if you want to save money. Just buy promix and add your own compost/supplements etc, you’ll cut the price in half. for example, add 20% local compost product to the promix, 3% worm castings, and 4 tablespoons/gallon of Espoma Biotone or Plantone and presto it’s the same as Happy Frog or Ocean Forest or whatever

HydroNito305
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daloudpack
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$bkbbudz$
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At 2 pounds per plant under 1000. that puts you at 2.23 pounds per if you go by the gm/watt theory. Please journal this grow. I would love to see what happens!

P.S. I hope my math is right I am medicated as fuck, it is Saturday night isn’t it? LOL!!

testiclees
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definitely need good yielding genetics and superb environment. 2# clean from a single plant is an excellent gardening benchmark.

I’m interested to see what this looks like.

$bkbbudz$
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Dr. Who
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5 Gallon should be OK – I’m planning to do three 5-gallon pots under my 600w next time around. My bush-style plants tend to become huge, each 5-gallon pot will yield a canopy of 24″X24″ or more.

I do 100% organic, for me the 1 ounce per gallon of soil is a good benchmark. A succesful, healthy grow will give me 1 ounce per gallon, high-yielding strains and a perfect run will enable me to get 50% more.

How much space do you have? If it’s 4X4, I think 4 5-gallons would be perfect. If I had a 5X5 area I would use the 7-gal pots.

also stop buying Foxfarm stuff if you want to save money. Just buy promix and add your own compost/supplements etc, you’ll cut the price in half. for example, add 20% local compost product to the promix, 3% worm castings, and 4 tablespoons/gallon of Espoma Biotone or Plantone and presto it’s the same as Happy Frog or Ocean Forest or whatever

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