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  • Oct 23, 2014
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  • LochGee
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  • Antics
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    • Oct 23, 2014
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    LochGee
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    • Oct 23, 2014
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  • Antics
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    You’ll need to drill some drainage holes in the bottom, and let the bucket sit on some sort of slightly uneven surface to prevent airlock/hydrolock between the bottom of the bucket and the surface its sitting on, specifically if it’s a non-porous surface, this would slow down excess water draining out. But it can be done no problem.

    Something like those hard plastic shoe/boot mats is a good example of something to set your pots on. They usually have a raised pattern on the bottom that would prevent the bucket kind of sealing to the mat and prevent drainage.

    • Oct 23, 2014
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  • Ravyn
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  • jummejum
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    • Oct 23, 2014
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  • Ravyn
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    I’ve often heard that same thing about the taller shape for the container being better. Bigger is better for soil. In Coco Hempies, my 10 liter buckets outperformed my 20 liter buckets on my last grow. I tried two of the larger buckets and three smaller ones. The smaller pots used up the daily watering to runoff better than the big buckets. Big buckets for the win if you have to be away for a few days though.

    • Nov 9, 2014
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  • Dutty Panty
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    • Nov 10, 2014
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  • NerdRage
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    • Nov 10, 2014
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  • NerdRage
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    • Nov 12, 2014
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  • Antics
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    There’s less root growth in FLower from what I’ve read, I wouldn’t waste the time, or risk destroying the roots transplanting a soil plug that big.

    Just leave it in the 3 gallon pot IMO.

    NerdRage: 5 gallon pots are more than enough for most growers. There’s a guy on here growing hydro, 5 gal buckets, getting about 1lb per plant.

    5 gallons work fine.

    • Nov 12, 2014
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  • Dutty Panty
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  • Antics
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    I’m pretty sure your difference in results is based purely on difference of environment. I don’t think the pot itself has a lot to do with it.

    When you’re watering a 5gal vs. 7 gal, you have more nutes going into the 7gal.
    For a true comparison, you’d need to grow with 2 clones, same mother, rooted the same, transplanted at the same intervals with no root damage. And both plants need to be fed the same ppm, and same total ounces of water/nutes at each feeding.

    Unless you were nearly rootbound in a 5 gallon, I think there are other explanations for the differences you saw.

    Is a 5 gallon bucket big enough to grow plants in with soil??? Im thinking about using them to flower my plants in.