drainage in 5 gal buckets

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


    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:

    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......

    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

    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
    have fun brotha :D

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    SquirrelGod New Member

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

    vapor85 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help everyone.....

    missmandy your avatar is HOT!

    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.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2008

    purplehaze2 Well-Known Member

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

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