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growing cannabis in 5 gallon buckets

Growing cannabis in 5 gallon buckets

I highly recommend you mix approximately 25% or more of perlite to the soil. This will help the water flow throw much easier. If you’re using coco, you don’t need to mix it with anything. I recommend this product if you can afford it.

Pros of Growing Pot in a 5 Gallon Bucket

One way to test this is to use the same seeds or clones and try them at the exact same time in different sized containers. The reason for doing this at the same time is to make sure the growing conditions are identical for the seeds in the different sized containers.

Does Bigger Pots Mean Bigger Yields?

I can’t think of any more cons to using a 5-gallon bucket. If you use my recommendations above, you will have success growing your pot plants. Now, let’s go over some more questions you might have on this topic.

Growing cannabis in 5 gallon buckets

Hi everyone. First time grower. I just wanted to see if I could grow my favorite plant this summer so I decided, why not! I have other gardens of flowers and veggies every year, but I understand this will be completely different. What I want to do is a 5 gallon bucket grow on my porch. I know that the size of the bucket will lower my yield at harvest but I'm doing it mostly for fun and I saw a growing technique called "main-lining" and I thought that it would be the right choice for me. I think main-lining will produce the most for my set up and it keeps the plant lower (I don't want to world to see my plant) Now with my bucket I want to drill some holes in the bottom, put some rocks or broken pottery in the bottom (for drainage) and grab some dirt and worms to fill the rest of the bucket with. I live in a valley that floods 4 times a year so I know the soil is fertile. And my porch gets more than it's share of sunlight.

TL/DR: 5 gallon "main-lining" grow on porch w/ dirt and worms.

Should I do the worm thing? If i do, I wouldn't be able to use nutes right?

Growing cannabis in 5 gallon buckets

This is especially true when growing heavy feeders like tomato or pepper plants. But even if you are growing flowers, it’s important to add excess nutrients for better blooms.

The compost and worm castings really add serious power to the soil. And it’s hard to beat the benefits of adding all-natural Perlite to your potting mix. Perlite is the white, popcorn-like substance you find in many potting soils.

Luckily, nearly all stores now carry BPA free / food grade buckets. We actually have purchased many of ours from Tractor Supply. Their base branded bucket is 100% BPA free.

As next year rolls around, it can be incorporated back into your buckets along with fresh potting soil. It truly is the perfect circle of revitalizing soil with compost!

Watering & Fertilizing – Gardening In 5 Gallon Buckets

When it comes to watering containers, you will certainly need to water more often than in a traditional garden setting. Most 5 gallon bucket plants will be more than productive with daily or every other day watering.

Before putting your buckets in storage for the winter months, take time to rinse them out thoroughly. It is also a great idea to wipe them down with a weak bleach / water solution to kill off any bacteria that might be present.

For best results, fertilize your buckets every 2 to 3 weeks with compost tea or a light solution of organic liquid fertilizer. If growing vegetables, cease fertilizing once the fruits have begun to form in full. This will keep the plants from growing foliage, and not producing blooms and fruit.

Filling Your Bucket For Growing – Drainage Material

Now that your holes are in place, it is time to fill the bucket for growing success. That all starts by adding a bit of drainage material at the bottom. This can be anything from a shovel full of gravel or pebbles, to small twigs or bark mulch chips.

You can mix your soil into your compost bin to recharge and re-use the following year. Fall clean up is certainly one of the easiest and nicest parts of 5 gallon bucket growing!