Our resident cannabis growing expert Percy, from Percy’s Grow Room, has been pumping out some excellent content lately. One of his latest pieces, entitled, “The Best Pots To Grow Cannabis In”, really caught my eye as I am planning a grow for the summer.
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What are the Best Pots for Growing Cannabis?
This will depend on the type of medium you are going to grow in. Cannabis likes to have air in the root zone. Having a pot that can easily pull air through it, will provide the roots with more air, and will help the plant grow faster, and stronger.
Most people would have seen a plant pot before, and recognize that they are made of plastic. There will be a few holes in the bottom of the pot, so runoff can leave the medium. Other than that, the only way air can get to your roots is through the top of the medium.
There are different types of pots for growing cannabis, that can supply a greater amount of air to the root zone. There are good points and bad points to using each different one, depending on your medium. The pots we are going to discuss are:
Standard Plastic Plant Pots
Fabric Pots ( Smart Pots)
Plastic Pots – Growing Cannabis
Most growers will begin growing cannabis in plastic pots. These pots are easily found at most garden centres in many different sizes. They can also be found as either square pots or round pots. Square pots are better to work with when growing cannabis indoors, as they will fit together nicely in your grow room. This will make the most of the space you have.
Start off your seedling or clones in the smallest pot, 0.5L plastic pot. After a couple of weeks, the roots will start to show out of the bottom of the pot, and you need to transplant them into a bigger one.
The roots in a plastic pot will continue to grow until they become root bound. They will spiral around the bottom of the pot and will strangle themselves. They may also sit in pools of water and begin to rot. It is important to transplant your cannabis plants into bigger pots when roots show out of the bottom.
Fabric/Smart Pots – Growing Cannabis
After plastic pots, fabric pots are the next popular pots for growing cannabis. The pots are made out of a light fabric, so the medium can draw in plenty of air to the root zone. This allows bacteria to breathe, and the plant will be able to eat and drink more.
In a plastic pot, roots will grow until they are root bound. In fabric pots, the roots will ” Air Prune”. When the roots touch air, the tip, will dry out, and die off. This will encourage the rest of the root to spread out radially, instead of continuing to grow like in a plastic pot.
In a fabric pot, you will get more roots, and you are less likely to have your cannabis plant become root bound. The medium will dry faster, as more air can get to it, and this will also reduce your chances of root rot.
Air Pots – Best Pots For Growing Cannabis
Air pots are a reasonably new piece of cannabis growing technology. Air pots are made out of plastic but have bumps, and holes in the sides. The roots grow out to the side, and air prune in these holes. Once the root has been air-pruned, it will grow radially instead of becoming root bound.
Because Air Pots are made out of plastic, the risk of mould and mildew developing on them is much lower than fabric pots. You still get the benefit of a good air supply to your roots, with less risk of mould.
This is just a glimpse at some of the great content over at The Grow Room. Enjoy this article on the best pots to grow cannabis in and make sure you support our friends over in the UK at Percys!
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