Any hempy bucket growers here?

PJ Diaz

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It's fine for a low tech hydroponics style system, but I prefer coco/perlite drain to waste. With hempy it's difficult to flush out the res if you start to get accumulation of salts.
 

1212ham

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Wanting to see some opinions on it how you liked it and how you did it.
I like it. It's the simplest hydro system and I can't screw up the watering like I can with soil. I've used 70/30 perlite/coco and straight perlite.
Not sure I get the question "how you did it". It's just a bucket with a drain hole 2" from the bottom. I feed nutrient-water solution until I get 20-30% runoff.
 

Lucky Luke

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Heaps of us. I just use Perlite. Its real easy and hard to fk up.
 

calvin.m16

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I like it. It's the simplest hydro system and I can't screw up the watering like I can with soil. I've used 70/30 perlite/coco and straight perlite.
Not sure I get the question "how you did it". It's just a bucket with a drain hole 2" from the bottom. I feed nutrient-water solution until I get 20-30% runoff.
I do basically this except I shoot for a bit less run off and use a 50/50 coco/perlite blend by CHar-Coir. Mother Earth 70/30 Coco/Perlite is bomb too, if not actually better honestly and I can get 1.5 cu/ft bags in Mid Michigan for $10-12 a pop out the door.

I do not agree with adding a base layer of perlite to your pot/medium either, its actually the opposite of what you want. The deep tap roots are where you want your water to be getting soaked up, by adding perlite to the bottom layer your bottom is going to dry out faster than your top and you'll likely see problems from this such as having to compensate by over watering or perhaps even having to bottom feed and ending up with salt buildup. All nightmares easily avoided.

Coco/Perlite is the closest you can get to Hydroponic results without having all of the variables and potential for error, at least much much less potential for error. Really with Coco just make sure your PH of your feed is 5.8-6.2 PH and let it rip.

With Coco I mix up a 5 gallon or 20 gallon reservoir with plain RO water, mix in my base nutrients and supplements, shoot for around 1200-1400 PPM (6 foot tall plants in 10 gal containers) and water every-other-day unless they get a bit light and need a bit of water in-between.

When growing in Coco always add 5ml/gal of CalMag+ Minimum, Coco naturally absorbs positive ions such as Iron & Calcium and doesn't release it back to the plant. This is why you need to supplement no matter what for best results and to avoid potential of dreaded CalMag Deficiency.
 

calvin.m16

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Wanting to see some opinions on it how you liked it and how you did it.
Avoid it.

Coco/Perlite, pick your pot of choice (fabric pots, plastic pots or whatever)
Add 5ml/gal of CalMag+ From botanicare to your water every time you mix nutrients.
Feed the plants once the coco is light, not dry, but light.
Keep your PH in the 5.8-6.2 range and with most nutrients you will have nothing but success.
 

Dubstin

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I like it. It's the simplest hydro system and I can't screw up the watering like I can with soil. I've used 70/30 perlite/coco and straight perlite.
Not sure I get the question "how you did it". It's just a bucket with a drain hole 2" from the bottom. I feed nutrient-water solution until I get 20-30% runoff.
Because theres tons of different ways people do it. Some all perlite some vermiculite/perlite, some all coco, some coco hydroton.Some coco/rockwool cubes on the bottom. Some a Net on the bottom etc.
 

MickFoster

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When growing in Coco always add 5ml/gal of CalMag+ Minimum, Coco naturally absorbs positive ions such as Iron & Calcium and doesn't release it back to the plant. This is why you need to supplement no matter what for best results and to avoid potential of dreaded CalMag Deficiency.
That really only applies if you use R/O water.
I use tap water and never have to supplement with calmag.
 

XtraGood

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Hempy, the man himself, is still active on ICMag.
Went to look, and ICMag are upgrading their forum software, excited to see the new look when it arrives. They've got some excellent content, though I didn't like the old default view and user tools were a bit lacking, hoping that's all improved by the upgrade that's in progress.
 

Hash Hound

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Ten years back I did a 4g hempy straight perlite and OC+ and it yielded 14oz.

Thinking of doing one again with some Pittmoss (recycled paper) supposed to replace perlite.
To eliminate any salt build up and always have a fresh reservoir I'm thinking of putting the hole at the very bottom with a grommet and elbow with a two inch clear riser which will over flow and wash it out, and be a water level indicator.
 

spliffendz

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EXPLOSIVE GROWTHS, had trays underneath for runoff, fed half what bottle said and everything was honky dory
 
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