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Root Mass vs Yield

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design & Setup' started by muyoso, Jan 25, 2009.


    muyoso Well-Known Member

    I want to know what the REAL world difference, nothing theoretical, is of using 5 gallon buckets vs 1 gallon buckets for growing. I have a limited grow space, with limited vertical space.

    Obviously, I can fit more 1 gallon buckets into the space than 5 gallon buckets. The question really is, with the much higher root mass that would develop with the 5 gallon bucket, what are the effects going to be on the plant? Will it grow taller (something I dont want)? When it buds, will it REALLY put more mass on the buds? I will be using HEMPY method, so the roots arent going to have to search for nutrients all that much.

    Because of the verticle space issue, I am probably going to try my hand at LST, hopefully it will not be an epic failure.

    jnuggs Well-Known Member

    yo man, I can't answer your question, sorry.. but as for the LST, this is my very first grow and I find LST to be pretty awesome really! I just put 2 clones into 24 hour darkness(flower 1st day tom.) I now have like 7 or 8 tops instead of 2. There shouldnt' be any small "pop corn" buds. Also it's cool to see how they continue growing up to the light. I think you'll enjoy it. ( I have 8' for height, I just think LST allows for the best light penetration!) Good luck, stay safe, PEACE!

    KaliKitsune Well-Known Member

    Height is related to the root mass. for every foot above ground expect at least half that in roots underground.

    Though I just harvested a plant with 4 inches of roots and was about 22" tall above soil line.

    muyoso Well-Known Member

    I am thinking that the LST may negate the height problem for increasing the buckets from 1 gallon to 5. Very excited about trying it. Heights being equal though, would a 5 gallon bucket with a higher root mass produce bigger heavier buds than a 1 gallon bucket?

    Thanks a lot for the responses.

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