So here’s the deal. I’m in the planning stages for a first time 2 plant SCROG.
Starting off, I have a bit of tent height issue. My tent is a 2 X 2 X 4.5ft (55in)
If I get the light I am hoping for, it will be a 432W COB Spider LED Grow Light.
Actual power, 265W, Lumens Output : 17280, beam angle 120 degrees.
After making calculations…
I have to deduct 10 inches from the top for space used for my ventilation system.
Add another 5 inches from the base of the vent system for the LED grow light.
That leaves me with 40 inches remaining from bottom of LED light to bottom of tent.
None of that 'used space 'can be adjusted.
From the bottom of the tent is now where I am trying to adjust space.
This is where I come to the pot vs soil bed.
If I use a 10L pot, that will stand 9 inches tall. Then add my screen…another 8-12 inches from top that. I would prefer 12, but due to space, I would go 8in . That would then take away a total of 17 inches from bottom of tent to top of the screen.
With that, from the top of the screen to the base of the LED lighting fixture, that gives me 23 inches of open space. Then as the plants eventually pass thru the screen, that 23 inches of space will diminish.
If I were to use a soil bed, two beds, one for each plant, I would be able to maximize the 4 square feet at the bottom. The soil beds would be shallower then a pot and the roots would have more space to spread out.
This is a game of inches. I feel I could maybe do the soil beds at a height of 5 inches, rather then a 9 inch tall pot. Save me 4 inches. Doesn’t seem like a much, but 4 inches is 4 inches.
Would love to hear thoughts. is 4 inches worth the hassle of putting together a soil bed? Does it all really matter. Etc.