Im thinking about growing in a couple grow bags this year. Thing is i dont know what size to use. Im thinking 50 gallon bags but dont know how often ill have to water it. I cant water everyday. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
You don’t need a 50 gallon bag for a single plant, a 5 ish gallon will be plenty with proper care for each plant…
If you can’t water every day, I would suggest you consider what I do for many of my garden plants, it might not be ‘optimal’ but it simply works and between rain and any extra water from watering, you don’t need to actually water every day… I use black concrete mixing tubs instead of kiddie pools but the same concept…
If it’s in soil a 5 gallon bag won’t nearly be enough unless they’re running auto-flowers. Photoperiods on the other hand may take up that entire 50 gal bag if grown from March/April → October/November
You won’t have to water it too much, depending on your weather of course. If it gets super hot you may have to water more often, if it gets cold, less often. Usually a top layer of mulch or straw helps block the sunlight and keep algae from forming on the surface. Do keep in mind it would probably be best to start your plants indoors and then transition them to outside, (hardening your plants off), that way they already have a secure root structure. Just up-pot them!
Usually I see people go from 1 gal → 5 gal → 10 gal → 25 gal → 50 gal, etc. They all vary. You could just do 1-5 gal → 50 gal, that would work as well. Again I can’t say for sure how much you’ll water, but as best case scenario, depending on age and root growth, you’ll probably be watering once every 3-5 days. Not when they’re young though. Also depends how much you water as well. Lots of factors in this one!
Out of curiosity y do so many use bags/pots outdoors?
Why not just plant them in the “earth” pot?
I grow vegetables outdoors great. But never get but a 2-3’ pot plant outdoors. Starting indoors for a couple months first
My yard soil is clay and rock.
So I use roughly 30 gal pots with pro mix and gen hydro nutes.
Regularly get 8-10 ftrs.
. This right here.
I’ll usually put them out at 2 1/2 - 3 ft tall. In 3-5 gal bags. Sometimes taller.
If I start seed in may then they will only go 5 ish ft by the end of the season depending on strain.
If you’re going that big they’ll likely be unmovable so why not just stick them in Mother Earth instead? They won’t dry out as fast this way.
Thanks everyone! I just gotta see the difference between bags and planting in direct soil…
Do a side by side Grow this summer for your comparison.
Depends on the soil you have at your home, some people use 50 gals because they can add their soil to it and add amendments, as well as perlite, etc. it’s really up to you on this one.
Hi hope all is well
I am new to this and do not know how many nutrients to give per feeding cycle. i am using fox farm and ocean forest soil. so i wont be feeding until week 3 into veg. just want to know a feeding schedule for after that thanks in advance
20 gallon minimum for photo period. I tried 10 gallon and the plant was very root bound and had a hard time keeping it fed and watered appropriately.
Some choose to grow in fabric pots due to the native soil in certain areas being very poor. I like to use no smaller than 100gallon.
How often do you water the 100 gallon bags when its hot out?
I water alittle everyday. Heavier on the weekend. But I’m also working with living soil. I never want it to 100% dry out.
If not living soil probably about three days with a good cover crop.
Thanks ill keep that in mind. Iv never grown in pots outside. I can only imagine how quickly things dry out…
25 Gallon White Rainsciece bags.I have a garden, so the other netpots I had in different sizes-7,10,15,20 all go to other plants. I water with a rain bird irrigation system with 2 spray emitters per container. During the summer I usually water daily at 6 minutes at 0600. Recycled no till soil, at least 3 seasons.
I dig a good size hole 3’ wide 5’ deep, then put sticks from my pine trees in the bottom 6–8” then a good layer of some home compost the. Peat moss, wood chips, crushed raw pumice (about 10-15% volume), 2 bags ocean forest 1.5 cu ft, and fill the rest with cheapo $2-3 a bag topsoil. It costs me less that $40 per hole to fill with goods. My outdoor plants break the 10’ tall mark every year sometimes 12+ feet if I have Sativa dominant.
Nice looking plants!
Im either going to do 2 50 gallon pots or 1 100 gallon pot… what do you all think about that? Thanks!
@JIL Go with 2 50’s. Murphys law and all that eggs in one basket, squirrel with several holes, etc