Smart pots vs Air pots?

Discussion in 'Indoor Growing' started by loquacious, Feb 19, 2011.


    loquacious Well-Known Member

    I am going to try a soil grow and was wondering if anybody has used either of these pots? Also, do you need to still line the bottom with perlite and mix with it with soil in 3 gallon pots. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    jcchronic Member

    just started using airpots this week and instructions say to use potting soil or compost, no need for perlite as it always has air getting to the soil. I did it with a transplant but, from seed would be perfect.
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    SCARHOLE Well-Known Member

    I dont use pereilite for drainage in the bottoms, they got somany holes they driain just fine.
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    I make my own Air pruning pots.

    Drill alot of holes in an bucket, line with garden screen.
    I was convinded after seeing a airpot plant outgrow the DWC plants in a Journal on here somwhere.
    Hobbes has a great thread on em, he claimes 25% increase in yield just by using em.....

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    No root circling in a 10 oz party cup afer 30 days!:clap:
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    Scroggsy Active Member

    Scroggsy4.jpg scroggsy2.jpg Ive just started using airpots in my first grow.

    TheOrganic Well-Known Member

    Nice thread!! I have been looking into these pots and a lot of people seem too love them. Wish I could say personally they work better but haven't used them yet. I like how the smart pots are lower, but the air pots seem too have a better ways for air to get in.
    And nice homemade air pots they would work!

    TshirtNinja Active Member

    i was honestly looking at using 3 gallon smart pots for my next grow.... any input would be appreciated on this.

    bobbypyn Well-Known Member

    they are awesome; use them. a little pricier, but they do rock... seen em in action.
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    TshirtNinja Active Member

    thanks bobby im in the 817 myself so thanks for hooking a local up

    SCARHOLE Well-Known Member

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    Medical Grade Well-Known Member

    I started using smart pots on this grow, and my auto flower afghan kush ryders are getting bigger than ever :) in all fairness though, i changed over to full organic super soil, and the plants are loving it~

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    ChucklesD Well-Known Member

    Where is the cheapest place to buy air pots? Do you need the same size air pot as comparable to a regular soil pot?

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    Scroggsy Active Member

    Bought mine from Progrow. I actually did not consider them to be expensive really as it's under £2 for a 1 litre pot going up to £4.50 for a 10 litre pot. I think that a smaller pot can support a slightly bigger plant than a normal pot, but it's still important to pot up especially before going to flower.

    I bought 1, 6 and 10 litre pots.

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    cruzer101 Well-Known Member

    I havent tried air pots but I can tell you smart pots rock man.
    I got 2.7 lbs off one plant out doors in a 10 gallon smart pot last year. grew 12 feet tall easy.
    Then tried some 3 gal in the green house over the winter and flowered some short hindu kush for two months and got a couple oz's a plant at 2 feet tall. Yea, I really like those smart pots.

    jdizzle22 Well-Known Member was the cheapest deal I could get on airpots about a year ago for in the US

    ChucklesD Well-Known Member

    I just ordered 10 3.4 gal from You were right about them being cheap. It cost $89.50 and had free shipping. The one on ebay was 44 for 5 and had 14 in shipping.

    Edit: There shipping calculator was fucked up. It cost 18.16 to ship. Might be a couple bucks cheaper to go with the ebay one. Depends if the shipping stays the same.
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    Lemon king Well-Known Member

    Surely the point of these pots is you can grow a tree in a 3ltr pot. So far I have found these used in mother rooms were they spend 6months in them then another 6 in 10ltr..

    Has anyone grown large plants in the smaller pots to take advantage of this.

    Hoest Member

    I've got some Kerala in a3 gallon equivalent air pot and she's about 3 weeks old, I'm really liking it so far. I read some threads on icmag that had some good ideas as far as watering you should do a search, I've created like a bowl in the pot similar to a water catch for a tree and once I prune and mainline I'm going to mulch to keep that soil nice and moist, it's a third full of supersoil and the rest of roots organic, I love the ease of assembly and ability to clean. Right now I water with a small container from home depot that works perfect.

    Maphyr Active Member

    Was just looking at these 2 same pots today, trying to decide which to go with. Smart vs Air pots. No one has anything bad to say about either of them, so I guess I can't go wrong with whatever I decide to get.

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