Originally Posted by gr866
Just my two cents,
I tried multi plants in a large container, 6 plants in a short molasses tub, about 15 gal, did not work for me. As the plants got bigger they crowded each other too much. To get even watering throughout the pots was a pain in the butt. Used both drip and hand watering.
Again just a thought,
That would be a great grow area for a 16 to 20 plant vertical grow with screens, light movers or 3 sets of stacked 315's, in coco DTW. You would kill it my friend. Guess I am just putting forth my dream room. Wish I had that space.
I know you are into your grow already, and good luck to you.
Hi GR866, thanks for your thoughts.
Up until my current grow I always used to put my pots on Danish tray's and scrog and LST them. Which is still my preferred method of growing, however... At some point it got a bit too hard to proper train them as I couldn't reach them anymore because of the screens. Same goes for checking the drippers...
Back then I used to run 18 x 6,5l pots. Funny you mention the lightrail as I had thought about it for this current setup. But after calculations and talking with people we found the 2 x Gavita PRO 1000DE, boosted to 1200w would be equally as good, if not better for this space, as opposed to a lightrail. (In terms of coverage).
Also not sure about the noise they make.(If they make any actually.) Lightrails deffo have my attention. Maybe if I can ever size up to a 3.00m X 1.50m grow-tent
The grow before my current grow I had put 5 plants in 17 gal containers and only used half of my tent as it was summer, so the other half I used for the AC and what not. 4 x 17 gal containers on effectively 1.20m x 1.20m, hand-watered with 1 of the Gavita's above it.
Those plants suffered badly from thrips and didn't perform as well as they were supposed to perform and I yielded about 500gr from 20 plants. Which were clones I took from my mother plants and only had 10-14 days of veg after rooting. Mainly because afraid of what you mentioned... that they would grow into each other. They didn't as I could bend/bind some more to the sides to open up the canopy a bit more.... I grew Critical+ 2.0 by Dinafem. A strain that supposedly only needs 49-56 days to finish to produce around 600gr per sq/m. Mine actually finished after 7,5-8 weeks.
I'm growing the same strain now, again from my own clones, this time without thrips or any other critters, again hand-watered. I'm about 1,5-2 weeks from harvest now and thinking if I would get more vigorous growth in veg (planning on vegging longer now) and bigger buds if I start multi-feeding again as opposed to hand-watering.
Just not sure what my watering schedule would look like. With hand-watering now, I give them 1L per plant (5L per 17gal container). I need at least 2x that amount to have a little bit of run-off I've noticed. But I then don't have to water them for days, if not a week, if I would like to run dry/wet cycles. Should I then for example multi-feed the plants that one time per week till run-off, or on a more regular base? I deffo don't want to "drown" them, but I think if multi-feeding is a viable option I would have best of both worlds, for me at least.
You say it was a pain in the butt to get even watering throughout the containers... was that due to the fact that the drippers were far apart from each other? Because I was actually thinking (hoping) to get more even watering throughout the containers by using drippers...
Thanks again for your thoughts. Hope you get to build that dream-room of yours in the future ;-)