drainage in 5 gal buckets

Discussion in 'Outdoor Growing' started by vapor85, Jun 24, 2008.

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    vapor85

    vapor85 Well-Known Member

    I'm going to be growing a few plants outside this year in 5 gallon buckets for the 1st time and was wondering how many holes you guys make in the bottom so they will drain properly. thanks :peace:
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    Twistyman

    Twistyman Well-Known Member

    I put 4 +in also some gravel in the bottom helps...I pour boiling water over gravel 1st to kind of sterilize it......
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    korvette1977

    korvette1977 Well-Known Member

    drill a bunch (12-24) in the bottom and in the sides twards the bottom.. put about 2''-3'' of stone in them a little sand and then your potting soil... Good luck
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    bterz

    bterz Well-Known Member

    3 decent sized holes, about 3/4 of an inch in diameter should do it.

    Put a peice of bark or some rocks covering the holes at the bottom to slow down drainage so it can seep out of the bottom rather then pour out the bottom
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    have fun brotha :D
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    MrFishy

    MrFishy Well-Known Member

    You might wanna start you plants in something smaller, then move them into the 5 gal as the growth merits it. Growing too small a plant in too big a planter will slow you down quite a bit.
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    bterz

    bterz Well-Known Member

    Why would it slow you down?? Wouldn't transplanting slow you down more??


    edit; one advantage of using smaller pots to begin with is its easier to gauge how much to water them, rather then flooding the 5 gallon bucket with the week old seedling thats gonna drowned.
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    missmandy

    missmandy Well-Known Member

    i always start mine in little peat moss bio cups ( about the size of a shot glass) after they are about 3-4 inches tall i put them in their final home , which is the 5 gal bucket.. it will take about a week or so for the cups to degrade , letting the roots thru into the main soil ...... .. i start by digging holes in the ground so the 5 gal bucket fits in nicly .... put rocks in the bottem of the hole ,.. drill about 20 holes in teh bottem & lower sides , about as round as a pencil,.. then place the bucket in the hole ,, put rocks in bottem of bucket then fill with ur soil .... cut out chicken wire at about 1.5 - 2 feet tall & make sure u cut it long enough to go all the way around ur bucket,... feed the wire down between ur bucket & the ground ,, pack down tight with ur foot & post them up straight with 2 sticks .....o yeah i forgot ,, this is a very good idea , for those who ever had to do this before...... prior to planting ur bucket ,, u should always cut 2 holes about 3 inches from the top of the bucket .. these holes should be 1 inch high & about 4 inches long .. incase of emergency , like flooding , construction etc ,,, if u ever tried to pull a full bucket from the ground , its not fun , these holes will let u get a nice hold of the bucket & will make life alot easier,,,,,, good luck .. happy growing
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    vapor85

    vapor85 Well-Known Member

    I already started my plants in small pots and I'm going to transplant them into the 5 gal buckets in a couple weeks. I usually grow right in the ground but I wanted to try a few plants in buckets this year to see how I liked it.
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    SquirrelGod

    SquirrelGod New Member

    one in the middle 3 around the sides 4 in all.
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    vapor85

    vapor85 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help everyone.....

    missmandy your avatar is HOT!
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    MrFishy

    MrFishy Well-Known Member

    IMO, too much root space results in the roots doing most of the growing, while the top waits for the root-ball to fill in. Pot plants like to be a bit crowded in the roots . . . not bound, but cozy . . . IMO.
    Transplanting done right, into a reasonably sized planter, results in minimal slow down.
    :blsmoke:
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2008
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    purplehaze2

    purplehaze2 Well-Known Member

    and it wont hurt to put into bigger pots it actually takes off faster.peace PH2

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