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  • D.A.A.S.69
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    Some of my best plants have been grown in 5gallon or larger buckets, these are grown outdoors, and they look just like KingKush s, buckets with plenty of holes all the way around the bucket, not just on the bottom.
    All I do is add rocks and perlite.
    Indoors I'm gonna use SmartPots.

  • KingKush
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    growsomebuds

    Yea I topped once when the plants were small and then lots of LST in the forms of bending and bonding (tying the branches down, spreading them out and then tying them to the container)
    Then during the flowering stretch you gotta get in there and spread branches apart too. Lots of "persuasion" but nothing too damaging.

  • Chefbjy
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    Agreed. https://www.growweedeasy.com/what-so...wing-cannabis/

  • KingKush
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    growsomebuds
    Perlite is that white porous rock material you see in all potting soil. The little white stones that you can crush with your fingers. You can buy it separate and mix it into any soil (or coco fibers) that you want to make your soil drain better and hold water more consistently.

    It's good for watering and it's good for the roots, gives spaces with air or water for the roots to explore.

  • growsomebuds
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    Thanks, KIngKush.

  • growsomebuds
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    So, is perlite the "granular" material I add to some kind of soil that allows for better oxygen penetration?

  • growsomebuds
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    You did topping and LSTing to get that shape?

  • growsomebuds
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    "Rookieness" meaning I've only raised one plant through harvest and got plenty high. But I considered myself mostly lucky on that grow. I never had issues w/ leaf discoloration of any kind. Also, on that grow, I used only A19 style LED bulbs; 8 of them in the 6500K and 2500K range. They seemed to work well in veg. But, in flower they weren't sufficient. My yields were poor. So, for this grow, I will be employing two proper grow lights(in my sig). I've been using a pH pen. On my 3rd grow, I want to address my soil composition. I just don't know what I'll be using yet.

  • KingKush
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    Glandular = Granular I'm assuming?
    Perlite is cheap and readily available. It definitely helps as the plants mature and the root mass grows

  • KingKush
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    See if you can get Fox Farm soil at a local store or perhaps even Black Gold.
    Soils that work best for cannabis DO NOT slow release nutrients because you want to have control over Nitrogen during flower. Your plants may use up this soil by harvest, but the "feeds for 6 months" is a big no-no.

    look for something that is quality without the "feeds for xxx" statements.
    Most good soil costs $14- $20 for 1.5cu/ft (standard big bag) and that is good for just over 2, five-gallon buckets full.

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  • growsomebuds
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    This all I've used, thus far. I'm using it again for my 2nd grow, now. I know I need/want to up my grow game when I do my 3rd grow this Summer. I think I should have something more glandular mixed in w/ this soil to aid in getting oxygen to the roots. Is that what perlite is? Also, I don't want to be ordering any soil or soil additives online. I want to be able to buy local.

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  • Redwasp
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    And sorry Growsomebuds i meant the pictures in your other post.

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  • Redwasp
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    Very nice looking plants. Great job.

    Growsomebuds If you have been growing house plants in pots you should already have those skills down so it is easy. Air pots need more attention, as said above, because they have to be watered more frequently. I cant really tell from your picture but it appears to me that you need ALOT more perlite in that soil. I use fox farms ocean forest soil. It has perlite already added but I add another 15% and the plants love it. This is even more important in regular pots/buckets.

  • KingKush
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    I suppose it depends what your definition of "rookieness" is ?

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  • Chefbjy
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    The plastic won't dry out as fast as an air pot. Good choice if you can't tend to them or you have to be away for a watering or 2.

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