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What’s The Best Container For Growing Weed?

What's The Best Container For Growing Weed?

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What’s The Best Container For Growing Weed?

A Guide To Finding The Best Container To Grow Marijuana

Veteran gardeners have their favorites, but selecting the right type of growing container can be confusing for beginning cannabis cultivators. There are a lot of things to consider when starting a growing operation. Selecting the proper grow container may seem like a small detail but they play a crucial role in controlling moisture levels and airflow for roots.  Luckily, this guide offers some advice on some of the most common plant containers for soil-grown cannabis.

Plastic Pots

The most common growing container out there, these are relatively cheap and easy to acquire.

The Good:

  • Cheap and easy to acquire
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Keeps soil together, allowing for easier transplanting

The Bad:

  • Not terribly effective for growing plants close together, such as a sea of green style grow, because of their rigid shape there will be gaps between your plants
  • They take up a lot of space when not in use
  • Airflow isn’t great in plastic pots, and roots may suffocate if the soil becomes too packed
  • If your plant grows too big for its container, the plant will become root bound.  Rootbound plants will look under-watered or show signs nutrition deficiencies.

Grow Bags

These are one of the cheapest growing container options out there.  A box of 25 one-gallon grow bags go for less than $10 online.  When filling grow bags with media (e.g. soil), make sure the grow bag sits flat on the ground when filling with media.  Otherwise, your plant will be prone to tipping as it gets bigger.

Pros:

  • Cheapest option for gardeners
  • Stores well since they fold up
  • Easy to clean and reuse
  • They are easy to shape, allowing for close proximity between plants or filling in space between traditional growing containers

Cons:

  • Airflow isn’t great in grow bags
  • Prone to tipping if not filled correctly
  • Soil does not stay together, making transplanting into a bigger container more difficult

Smart Pots

These pots are made of cloth and allow airflow to the soil.

Pros:

  • Allows excellent air flow to roots
  • Prevents root binding through “air pruning;” the air flow prevents roots from forming along container walls
  • Provides excellent drainage, helping you avoid overwatering your plants

Cons:

  • Requires a larger container than usual, which means more soil
  • A big drip tray is also necessary since water will drain from the sides as well as the bottom
  • More expensive than other options
  • You will need to water more frequently

Luke Nelson

Luke is a Green Rush Daily staff writer that graduated from the University of Oregon, he also obtained his Masters of Arts in English Literature. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon and has over a dozen years of experience cultivating cannabis. When it comes to marijuana Luke may just be your father.

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