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Hempy buckets are by far the easiest, cheapest and most cost effective way to grow hydroponically. In my ...
An Idiot's Guide to Hempy
Hempy buckets are by far the easiest, cheapest and most cost effective way to grow hydroponically. In my 7 years of growing Iíve done aeroponics, dwc, bio-buckets and Hempy and there is no comparing the simplicity.
ē No pH testing needed
ē No ppm meters
ē No stress about root rot
Hempy is a run to waste, hand water style of growing. ďOh no run to waste! I hate to waste nutrients,Ē you say? No worries, compared to dwc you actually use up to 8 times less water and nutrients. ďBut I canít be bothered with hand watering,Ē you say? No worries, youíll actually spend a lot less time tending to your garden.
Hempy buckets can be made out of any plastic container such as trash cans, coke bottles, coolers and so on. You can make a hempy bucket out of anything that will hold water. You probably have something in your home right now that can be converted to a Hempy bucket.
How to make a Hempy Bucket.
Take your container and measure 2 inches up from the bottom and make a hole in the side. The hole doesnít have to be too big, about the circumference of a pencil. This is where the excess water will drain out. Youíll need to put your bucket in a small dish or something to collect the run-off water. Any gardening store will have those things for planters and thatís what most people use.
My twist on the design is that instead of just a drain hole Iíve added tubes (hose connecters) to allow the water to drain out into a container so I can collect the run off easily and measure it if I have to. If you are planning a lot of buckets Iíd just do a traditional style one but for a few buckets my style really practical.
So why do you make the hole 2 inches from the bottom? The basic idea is that you are replicating a water shelf like in Nature. If you dig down far enough in your back yard youíll hit water right? Well thatís what we are doing on a very small scale.
What medium to use
The traditional medium for Hempy is a vermiculite and perlite mix but people also use coco and even hydro balls. Personally Iíd recommend that you just try 100% perlite because itís easy, clean and reusable.
Watering and Feeding
To feed your plants you just hand water them like you would any houseplant. If youíve never grown anything it might take a while to get used to, but believe me itís as easy as pie. During the first week or so of veg youíll probably have to water them every few days just a little because the roots havenít reached the bottom of the bucket where all the water is, once they do youíll only have to water about once a week. Iíve gone 14 days between watering before. The important thing is that whenever you feed them you want to add enough so that roughly 30% of what you put in comes out the holes. This helps flush out built up salts and keeps the bucket fresh. Personally I feed my plants with every watering with good results.
Here is a pic of one of my hempy buckets, which is filled with perlite. Youíll have to wash the perlite before you use it and itís a somewhat messy job so you should do it in the bath. Big strainers work best for the job. Just run water through the perlite to wash away the dust and dirt that will be in the bag with it. Some perlite is almost pure white and other times itís tinted grey which is natural. Just keep an eye on the water and when it starts to filter through clear your perlite is ready to use.
Here is the same bucket with 6 freshly transplanted clones. I have just watered them and you can see the water coming out the drain holes into my collection pot. I water them every few days during the first week. I just pour a little at the base of each plant. Eventually your roots will fill the whole bucket so you should water/feed the whole surface area.
Two weeks later after a trim Iím ready to flip these to flower. Thatís all there is to it. Iíll feed them about once a week for the duration of the flower cycle. Other than that Iíll only have to check on my garden to raise the lights.
Some thoughts and pointers
I had never hand-watered plants before I tried this style and it was hard to get my head around it before I tried it. Iíve noticed that when hydro growers try hempy they tend to water too much at first as I myself did. My first run I was watering 2~3 times a week and I didnít have the best harvest. Plants actually do the most growing and look the best just before they need watering so donít panic and start over watering them. How do you know when itís time to water again? If your plants start to look wilted or if they look hungry (paling of the leafs) itís time to feed. Once the roots reach the bottom of your bucket (about a week) youíll see the plants really start to take off and I suggest you try to wait as long as you can before you feed them, get to know your plants and keep records and youíll get the hang of it in no time.
If you decide to use perlite you should plan on recycling it. Recycled perlite is actually better than new perlite. You can remove the roots by shifting through a metal net. Once you get as many out as you can you need to boil the perlite in water for about 5 minutes.
With most hydro growing styles water temp is a huge concern but not with Hempy. As long as youíre not growing in 100 degrees I wouldnít even worry about it.
Donít use Lucas
I had used the Lucas formula with my other systems for so long that I didnít even think about using a different recipe and Iíve noticed other growers doing the same thing. Bottom line is Lucas is meant for DWC and the ppms are too low for Hempy. Once I started using the recipe on the back of the GH bottles and the grow nutrients with some Epsom I got much better results. You can use any nutrients you wish and many people go organic but trust me, you donít want to waste your time using Lucas formula in Hempy.
These are examples of plants that I grew under a 250 watt hps light in Hempy. I hit 0.6gpw on my 3rd Hempy grow and I think I might hit closer to 0.8gpw on my latest round with a 2 week veg/55 day strain.
I was just asking a new member about this thread....thanks plus rep.........WILL HAVE QUESTIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE....
Thanks all, this is just a copy of a thread I had at another site. This style has been around a long time in different countries with different names. Here is a "hempy" bucket pre-made and sold here in Japan for a few bucks. I think they call it the easy grow bucket.
Thanks for the info on this style of growing. Always heard of the term...looks super simple!
Pretty work JapanFreak - well done intro to Hempy. I used all perlite with my current grow, but I'm going to add a bunch of Coco Coir next time to help retain more of the CRF I've been using - have you seen the grows using Osmocote + temp release nutes or DM red time release nutes? Pretty amazing stuff once you dial it in.
It's so easy, a stoner could do it...
"these are not the clones you are looking for"
Yeah I have seen some of those. I forget the guy's name at the other site who was doing it but he was rocking it. Even though I don't pay much attention I've been around long enough that some of it sticks in. From what I've gathered most nutes are based off the same 50+ old year formula or something, any of them should work fine so may as well find the cheapest you can. I would be totally down with the osmocote if it was aviable here.
For those who don't know, they are time released ferts than only work when they are wet, so imagine just mixing in little balls with your medium and all you have to do is water from there on out. Hempy + Osmocote seems like super idiot proof to me. Worth doing some research for anybody who is looking for super simple growing.
DocBud was the guy who introduced it to me... and he's got some amazing buds out of it. Irishboy and Setting Sun are both doing grows with Controlled Release (CRF) OC+ and Time Release (TRF) DM Red and Purple in hempy buckets, and both are rocking it - Sun's plants look perfect, and while Irishboy got some deficiencies, his buds are HUGE - he hides a two liter bottle behind the top colas... my favorite comment was "looks like a guy in a weed suit" lol...
Originally Posted by Japanfreak
The Osmocote has been around forever, and it's used everywhere in professional gardening. You can get 50lb bags of it for like a hundred bucks, and it'd last your entire life since you only use 3-5 tablespoons per plant per grow.
There are some tricks to it though - the osmosis rate is controlled by the temperature of the medium, so you can get problems with too high or too low temps - from what I've seen, it's best to mix the time release ferts with it to avoid deficiencies. Also, I think perlite doesn't hold or buffer the nutes from the CRFs as well as coco or peat with this type of grow - both Sun and Irish added coco with good results.
I'm hoping to do a journal here, but I've not even looked around at who's doing what yet - are there any good hempy grows going on I should check out?
"these are not the clones you are looking for"
I haven't come across any and I cover a lot of ground on this site. It would be nice to see a good one as I'm new to growing.
Cool - hopefully JapanFreak will get one going... I guess I could post the one I've almost finished... but with the warning that I've been trying out the "stoner proof" theory... the plants look ragged, but the buds are sweeeet.
Originally Posted by 420God
"these are not the clones you are looking for"
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