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Old 09-12-2019, 10:46 AM #11
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This year I tried several ways with some clones.
65 Gallon shortie fabric
30 Gallon nesting storage TUBS
In ground
All got my muck mix.
In ground. 70 Gallon mound + about 40 gallons of racehorse manure when I had an early washout.
The TUBS seen to perform best with a constant moist soil.
In ground did better than the shortie but she did get extra manure after spring rains.
Here's a shot of my site.its out on a steep ridge with 6 good hours of sun. The BangI haze clones are light yellow. The green one is a headband seed plant.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:57 AM #12
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If I may, I'd like to make an addition... Contractor bags, the thicker ones with drainage holes poked by me in the bottom.


Pros: Cheap, easy to conceal and carry in, easy to get rid of, they tend to flatten out giving more horizontal root growth, can hold a lot of soil, they can stretch, and they straight up work!

Cons: Soft sided unlike pots... Once you establish your plants you can't move them without disturbing the roots, you have to water them like pots, sometimes the bags can be a bit loppy but it's not that big of a deal.


These have been my favorite choice to grow in given the conditions I work in. The ground is straight mud and has zero drainage where I grow. Planted some in the ground and they were dying within a week.
These were two males grown for around 8 weeks outdoors in the bags before being pulled...
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:07 PM #13
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A few others... The ones to the right in the first picture are 5 gallon buckets. If you look below the plants you can see the 3 foot chicken wire fence to give you a sense of scale. This method produced some big girls for me last year. Each grow bag held 15 gallons of soil mix.
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They have grow bags that are a contractor bag material that are made for it. They do it in all sizes. They are less them 1$ for a 20g. Some of them are white on the outside. Uv protected. The benefit with them is that unlike a contractor bag They are shaped perfectly like a real pot and have Drainage holes. They will definitely last longer. I have gotten multiple seasons with them.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:29 PM #15
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In the ground if at all possible. Some genetics produce plants way too huge to go in containers of any kind. Besides, the terroir of any given climate can't be properly exploited unless you have roots in the earth, and in my opinion/experience, terroir is key to top quality connoisseur flower. Also, I've noticed that plants in a soil mix that doesn't contain local soil web microbes and fungi are more susceptible to insect attack. If I absolutely have to grow a plant in a container, I'll use about 50% backyard garden soil in the last repot before flowering. I actually have a large outdoor plant now in a relatively small 3g container with 50% yard/garden soil. I'll take pictures and post them here in a few days.
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This fall I plan to cut the bottom out of a 65 gallon shortie fabric pot and put that on top of this years mound. Then fill it with my mix and grow a seed plant in there with a taproot. Clones don't have one. I'm with Greenjeans on the local microbeasties. I use leaf mold in my worm castings to boost indigenous biota and fungi. If you don't have a worm bed you could just sift some forest floor soil through some hardware cloth. I enjoy growing my soil as much as the plants. There's nothing like opening a 30 gallon tote of 4 week old amended soil and having that humus smell fill the snozzel.
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Here's some pictures of a plant I bred from a female Super Lemon Haze crossed with a Cherry Bomb male. The container is 3 gallon. The plant was repotted like this; 9oz cup clone to 16oz cup to 1Q to 1G to 3G, so it had a well managed root ball going into the final container.

Closup of the flower as of 9/10


Whole plant.

Closeup of stem. You can see the results of the PJJ

Canopy shot


The 50% yard/garden soil has a fair amount of clay so the container has to be watered slowly because it doesn't drain well. If I'd put a smaller plant with a less managed root ball into the same mix, it would have no doubt shown signs of overwatering.

A few weeks ago I was only watering her every other day. Now she needs a good soaking every day and a good sized runoff container.
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Yea it seems the old 5gal bucket/plastic is hard to beat. I'm having some good results with smart pots also. You just gotta get the smart pots a little wet and keep the outside moist. But about 10yrs ago everybody believe that a deep narrow pot worked better. But I'm seeing guys grow big plants in small 10$ plastic kiddie pools, they couldn't be a foot deep.
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depends on your individual situation but raised bed is the way to go if you can

one method is to double dig the soil and add organic material such as compost, that's what makes the a bed raised - not making a container on the ground and filling it with potting soil.

Huglekultur is a horticultural technique which creates no till mounds with large amounts of organic material of varying sizes. Starting with a core of tree trunks, pilled with branches then a layer mulch and finally a layer of compost

no matter whats method one uses, mulch is always a good idea
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