I thought I might post this thread to get some feedback on the sizes of containers people use and their thougths as to why....
I see most people growing indoors using a 5 gallon bucket for the rooting system.
I wonder why....
If handy little buckets came in 8 gallon sizes, would that be the popular size? I mean why 5 gallon buckets? Is there anything magical about 5 gallon containers?
In growing Whore and Cunt, I used 8 or 12 quart containers...
To those that followed the grow, you know that I theorized you didnt need...or even want a 5 gallon bucket to grow good weed and get good harvests.
My thoughts being I was very limited in room and a 5 gallon bucket, while it could be accomodated, just wasnt needed.
Hence, I layer the bottom of my container with small size red lava rock....(excellent source of minerals)
The idea was, I wanted to bottom water the plant, to allow the water to hit the tap roots immediately, thus keeping the root system small and compact.
The rocks allowed the water to sit at the bottom of the container and drink what it needed when it needed it without my interference.
I figured the plant knows better than I when it needs to drink.
The rock would absorb the water and the soil would extract it as it needed it and thereby I was able to keep the soil damp at all times....as the plant used what it needed.
Anyhow, I wanted to post a pic of Cunts root system.
Indeed, the roots grew over and threw the rocks and quite nicely performed as expected. I think this system was one of the reasons Cunt and Whore had such nice long and tall buds.
Not saying this is the only way obviously, but, when growing or planning for growth, don't think that 5 gallon buckets are your only options, because they are not.
IN taking apart the root structure, I was really impressed how much the roots had thrived in the lava rock itself.
The roots were literally in the rocks, between them and had made the rocks part of the root system.
I think however this setup makes the roots so much more sensitive to the nutes and if you water from the bottom, when adding your nutes, make sure you do it from the soil surface is the advice I would give.
Cunt and Whore...neither one, liked being fed nutes other than organic bat guano tea, which was primarily nitrogen.
I think the lava rock provided all the minerals the plants needed.
Anyhow here are the pics of the root system. I thought this might be a good subject to expound upon....
I hear so many people say you want to GROW the roots and feeding the roots food to make them even bigger...
Roots have become as much focus of the grow as the foilage has....and I think the key is also to keep focused on foilage growth.....
Anyhow, So much I need to learn in this area, I thougt it might be nice to get some feedback and thoughts....I am really fasicnated with the rooting structure and its relationship to yeild in INDOOR SOIL grow...thanks for sharing....
Last edited by HARDDON; Aug-14-2005 at 18:15.
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