Hi everyone! I am in the process of designing a grow room set up. I’ve been reading as much as I can and learning about all this group has to offer. These Autopots seem to be exactly what I’m looking to use for my grow. I’m new to all things growing cannabis and am really looking forward to producing my own clean medication!
My grow room is going to be 12x16 with 8’ ceiling. 12x8 of that will be walled off and used specifically for the plants. All other equipment can be in the rest of the room. Ultimately it would be great to have 8 plants going but am going to start with 4. We want to give them room to grow! With that bit of information how would you design a room if budget was no issue? I really enjoy doing things once and doing it right. Lighting has been a real struggle for me, trying to figure out for this space. So I’m curious how those with experience using these pots would build a room and light it? Thanks for any and all feed back!
I also want to add. Any input on grow medium and nutrients is also very much appreciated! I’ve been reading about the coco and mixing with different things. Everyone has their preference and it’s exciting to hear why!
Thanks it’s been really great reading and learning from everyone. What’s even better is the fact that there seems to be a sense of respect for on another that I haven’t seen in other groups! It’s fantastic and refreshing!
Basically an autopots setup will be two rows of plants and as long as you want it to be. There’s a main hose down the middle and a small hose splits off to each side ever so often. Checkout some videos on YouTube and take a look at some of the setups on there to get an idea of how it’ll look. The actual videos of setting up autopots are good to see how the system lays out.
As for mediums and nutes, I’d definitely recommend coco coir and Jack’s 321. For lighting I give my whole hearted endorsement to anything from HLG.
2-4 x Scorpion Diablo lights from HLG
A large reservoir (I use a 32 gallon trash can)
Autopots - the SpringPot XL system, which uses fabric bags
Coco coir - I like FloraFlex coco but CannaCoco is a great runner up
Jack’s 3-2-1 for nutrients. A 25# bag of Part A and Part B will a last a year or more.
BlueLab combo meter (ph and ppm monitor)
Flat white paint or white Panda Film. You can go Mylar fancy but white walls and white flooring is essentially just as good.
Tribus, Mammoth P, and Recharge as standby microbes
Dune as my silica supplement
A good humidifier
2 x 8” in-line fans, AC Infinity is quiet and has longevity.
2-4 oscillating fans to keep the canopy temps regulated.
That’s what comes to mind from the start.
I love growing in a room as opposed to a tent.
Even if budget is no issue, no reason to pay crazy prices for a water tank
I use the 1pot xl trays with 5gal sping pots and 6.9gal plastic pots. As well as any other size pot I find that fits the trays. They are very versatile.
Cloth pots raise RH alot though, I honestly like plastic pots better because of this reason. If you plan to run alot of them, plastic may be better to control humidity…
Coco-coir and perlite mixed 50/50 (expanded clay or pumice or any “grow stones” work in place of perlite)
Why? Because it works great Coco-coir/perlite gives hydroponic growth with a wider ph range and is basically fool proof when paird with autopots.
Jacks 321 or General flora series or maxi series
Why? Because it’s cheap and time tested, plants cant tell the difference in brand names and npk is npk no matter what its labeled, same for micro nutrients