Halfway through flowering my first run and things are looking amazing in terms of quality, but I feel only half of my tent got utilized and the yield will be not nearly as fruitful as it could have been.
I’ve read quite a few posts about how people say that they prefer many 3 gallon pots in a tent rather than a a few 5-7 gallon pots for the decreased veg time, which makes sense. Currently, I’m rocking 4x 5 gallon grow bags in a 5x5 tent that is 6’11 tall. My ROI E680 LED only sits 12 inches above the canopy at 60% during flower. The plants look absolutely stellar, and are about 3ft tall with almost a wall to wall canopy, but I can’t help but to notice that besides an exhaust fan above the LED light, the entire top half (about 3 ft.) of the tent is going completely unused, a waste.
On one hand, my logic says that next time I should use larger pots and grow taller to fill up that unused space with 7 or 10 gallon pots. On the other hand, if all that matters is the canopy, why should I care how tall they get? I use LST to spread out the canopy to get wall to wall coverage, so the extra space I’d be utilizing wouldn’t even make a difference if everything 18-24 inches below the canopy is relatively useless anyhow. Why worry about how tall they get as long as the canopy is maxed out?
My question is, are taller tents better suited for HPS grows where more distance is needed from the canopy and I just need to accept I went overkill on my tent height and get something smaller, or is there a way to efficiently and advantageously utilize that unused height and I need to get pots 50%-100% larger next time?
Sorry for the uninvited tags, but I’ve spent dozens of hours on this forum and you all have dropped some major wisdom on me, which contributed to my current “roommates” looking like something out of a magazine entering their 6th week of flower. I’d be appreciative if you can drop some more of that my way! @Teacherttom1 @anon89489555 @dbrn32 @PurpNGold74