I am planning to grow in 10 gallon fabric pots filled with a coco perlite mix. I had intended to put 9 pots/plants in a 5x5 tent using a 630W LED grow light. My hydroponics guru told me that these were too many plants for the size of the tent. He said the tent was only big enough for 4 or 5 plants. What do you think? And how many ounces can I expect per plant?
Agree that 4 or 5 is a reasonable number of plants for a 5x5, particularly if growing photos. You might be able to get more in there if the plants are autos.
How many ounces you get from each plant varies by factors such as genetics, lighting, grower experience, and so on.
Welcome to the forum.
So nine plants are too many? I am talking about gelato strain plants. How much produce can I expect from 5 gelato plants growing in 10 gallon coco perlite fabric pots sitting in an ebb&flow tray under a 630W full spectrum LED?
I keep 4 photos in a 5x5 running hlg 600 light. I veg 8-10 weeks and the tent is pretty full.
Could squeeze a 5th in the middle but don’t want to crowd them. Last harvest was 24 ounces (that included popcorn buds for edibles)
How tall is your grow space? Even if you completely suck can grow monsters in a 10gal - bigger than you can easily manage in a standard height tent when you factor in lights hanging etc.
Plan on doing a lot of training to get those plants growing bushy instead of tall and don’t veg for too long. Or use 5 gal pots and grow 6 plants in that 5x5 it will fit great.
I’ve got 5x in 5 gallon bags in a 5x3 and it’s too tight for my liking. As it is I’m running out of height quickly and am already out of room to tie down. Literally every day I consider pulling one out of the tent and letting it fend for itself outside!
Personally I wouldn’t use a 10 gallon pot indoors unless I was scrogging a single plant
I’m using a Gorilla tent. With its included extension kit, it’s 7 foot 11 tall, i.e. 240cm. If necessary, I could add another foot, but that would mean I would have to move the tent into the garage which is open to the garden and we are going into winter.
Of the 240cm respectively 270cm I have to deduct 50cm for the LED and 70cm for ebb&flood tray with water tank. That only leaves 120cm respectively 150cm for the plants to grow. That’s why I chose Gelato, a variety that supposedly doesn’t grow very tall. However, I’m open to the idea of changing my fabric pots to a smaller size. I only picked the 10 gallon size to give the roots more room to grow and absorb nutrients.
Buddy if you can get 90 containers in there u can hrow 90 plants but the thing is space air flow lighting ect. In 10 gL pots id say 4 to 5 maybe 6 tops to fit but ull have problems watering every1 and checking ph and ppm runoffs with too many plants make for a big headache. U can take 1 plant or w plants and get the same amount of product fron 1 or 2 as u can get from 4 5 or 6 plants. Training and technique are key. Get with @Hellraiser and read his journals. He is a beast grower and has excellent turnouts. Good lick happy growing.
I’m a yank so I work in feets but by your calculations you can handle a 4-4.5ft plant. Youre correct that a bigger pot = more roots = more nutrient uptake but You don’t need 10gal of root space to grow a 4 footer. You can do that with 5gal.
You can easily grow a 8 footer in a 10 gallon bag. You don’t want an 8 footer. If you grow in a 10 gallon bag you are going to be battling your plants to keep them short enough for your space. Since your room is going to be so tightly packed you won’t have room to train those plants to grow sideways rather than up so you’re gonna run out of space
Don’t forget in your height calculations to leave 18” or so of space between the tops of the plants and your light.
Always listen to experience. You can fill that tent with just 2 plants if you know how. This is where experience comes in. By the way you need more light.
Thanks for the edit @Covertgrower didnt even catch that and after seeing it fixed it didnt look so nice lol.
Here is my 4x4 with 5 GSCE, I couldn’t fit another in there. I did pull close to 1.75lb from the 5 plants tho.
It all depends on your skill level, and environmental factors. Lots of shite can go wrong from seed to harvest. Look up you strain and the breeder you ordered seeds from and they give an estimate on yield per m2. If this is your first indoor grow don’t think that you will get that yield they state, but rather keep your grow simple , and don’t set the bar too high
That must be a self given title “Guru” because I could run 50 plants in a 5x5…or I could run 1. It all depends on how you grow them. Do me a favor and slap that dude and tell him he’s an idiot.
And not too mention wasting money on coco
Hahhahaha, that made me laugh
I wouldn’t run anything bigger than a 3gal pot indoors. It’s a waste of coco and the plant doesn’t need all that. I’m currently growing plants that are almost 4ft tall and I use 1gal pots of coco.
Don’t forget the height of your pots too which I bet are around 12-14 inches high
My suggestion would be why not do 3 and do them well. Less is more sometimes and trust me you will run into issues, so my suggestion to save yourself headaches is to start small and see how it goes. Even a few plants could yield you plenty. You might get way too frustrated and overwhelmed with doing too many plants, and waste money unnecessarily.
You can regulate height with training, topping and netting