Choosing grow pots for plants is a significant priority in cannabis cultivation, perhaps the most important. Nonetheless, its significance is frequently overlooked. What a shame! The type and size of pot you utilize determine how your plants grow significantly, directly impacting your harvest! Cannabis leaves and buds will need support from below, a sturdy base. Choosing the correct pot is therefore critical.
Benefits of healthy roots to your pot plants
The ideal growing containers for your cannabis plants offer the best potential environment for the roots of your plants. Better and healthier roots are critical for optimal nutrition and water intake, and they lay the groundwork for your plants’ healthy growth. The roots of your cannabis plants should never completely dry out, as dry roots mean that your plants will most likely die. Roots will also require sufficient aeration and oxygenation. When the roots have a quick supply of oxygen, they not only grow quickly but also aid keep mold and other growing problems at bay. A stale, oxygen-depleted root zone will almost always cause problems, if not completely kill your plants.
Different kinds of growing containers
Nowadays, standard pots are mostly made of plastic, but you can still find the old classic types made of terracotta. Standard containers have a drainage hole at the bottom and a saucer to catch the water. The sauce collects the runoff water from the pot. You should know that these pots should have drainage holes at the bottom to avoid waterlogging. Not all pots come with pre-drilled holes; you may need to break them out before using the containers to grow your plants. Although terracotta planters are heavier than plastic pots, they can be an excellent choice.
Smart pots have a thick fabric outer layer and are surprisingly good at supporting soil and plants. Fabric containers provide excellent airflow and drainage, but they can be flimsier than other containers. You should note that the soil in smart pots dries out faster than soil in standard pots. To avert the smart pots drying out too quickly, buy double the size pots you ordinarily would.
Air pots are plastic containers with side openings that offer automated “air-pruning” for your plant’s roots. As with smart pots, you will need to water more frequently because these pots dry out faster than standard containers. Compared to smart pots and grow bags, air pots benefit from being more sturdy and less likely to tip over. Because air pots leak water from the side openings, you should place them above appropriately sized saucers. Air pots, like fabric containers, offer excellent airflow through holes throughout the pot. They may, however, be costly and increase watering.
Hempy buckets are like a standard plant container, except the drainage holes are situated near the bottom on the sides rather than out the bottom. After watering, this leaves a small pool of water at the bottom of the bucket. Watering is required less frequently with hempy buckets, which is a considerable benefit when growing larger plants that drink a lot. Because stagnant water can accumulate at the bottom of the container, and any nutrient accumulation never gets rinsed out, it can occasionally cause root or nutrient issues.
Ways to catch water runoff
Water runoff is unavoidable when growing cannabis. Unless you have proper drainage, water may pool at the bottom as it moves through the soil. Most plant pots have drainage holes in the bottom, but you don’t want water all over the floor! After each watering, you must collect water and devise a simple and efficient water collection system. This may be simpler than you think! You only need a saucer or a tray. Saucers are ideal for one or two plants, but you must remember to empty the water regularly. Trays are better for large plants because they can collect water from multiple pots simultaneously.
Trays also allow you to use a water transfer pump to move the water out of the tray effectively. This saves you a lot of time. Finally, the tool you select is determined by the number of plants you are growing at any given time.
The best pot size
Cannabis plants do not all necessitate the same size as the growing container. Some plants, such as autoflower seeds, do not grow very tall and can thrive in smaller or medium-sized containers. Regard the final size of your cannabis plant when choosing the size of your growing pot. When deciding on the size of your containers, keep the final size of your plant in mind. Larger plants will require larger containers, whereas small plants with big buds will thrive in smaller containers. The size of your plant must correspond to the size of your container.
Growing cannabis seedlings in containers
The same fundamentals for healthy growth implement in seedlings in smaller containers. You must also ensure that your seedlings have adequate drainage. Because seedling pots can be very small and do not hold many growing mediums, the soil dries out faster, reducing the chances of overwatering. Many cannabis gardeners have no problems using solo cups (“party cups”) for seedlings. Make drainage holes in the cup’s bottom. You can experience stretching in this stage and into early veg, check out our article ‘why is my cannabis plant growing tall and skinny‘ for extra help.
Growing cannabis in transplanting containers
Most of the time, you’ll start your seedlings or cuts in small containers and then transplant them to larger containers when the time comes. This is because a larger container allows for a larger root system, which your now-mature cannabis plant will need to get all of its nutrients. Conversely, transplanting can always create stress in your plants and, if not handled responsibly, can even kill them, for example, if you damage the roots when transplanting. Therefore, you must move your plants carefully so that you do not disturb their roots.
Additionally, it is time to transplant when your cannabis plant has established a large root system but is not yet rootbound in the pot. Typically, the ideal time to transplant is when your plant’s roots are visible through the holes in your pot as if they are looking for more space to grow. However, you don’t want the plant to become completely rootbound.
- Remove the plant from the first pot with care, careful not to disturb the roots.
- Cut a hole in the middle of the growing medium in the larger pot and carefully place the plant inside.
- Fill any remaining holes in the new pot with soil or the growing medium of your choice.
Numerous factors will determine which pot is best to use, so it is best to go slightly larger if you are unsure. Your plants will be delighted to have more than enough room to continue their explosive growth for the rest of their lives. Try out some varying pots and see what you think. Finally, only you can determine which pots are ideal for your setup and needs.