One of the cool things about my job, is the fact that I get to speak with all types of growers. I decided to write this outdoor cannabis pot size guide because I want to answer some common questions I get all the time. Therefore, this blog will focus on pot size and maximizing your harvest.
New growers ask me all the time, “What size pot should I buy?” For outdoor growing, there is no clear cut answer. Instead, your pot size will depend greatly on your expectations and the time of the year.
Pot Size to Maximize your Harvest
Your pot size will depend on when you start your summer grow. Lets say for instance, that you start your grow in February and plan on harvesting in October. Long grows like this are very challenging and require a very large pot. I recommend at least 100 gallons minimum, but most big time growers in California and Oregon use 200 gallons pots for these types of grows. Starting your grow in February is challenging because there isn’t enough sun light to sustain vegetative growth. Many growers like myself, incorporate the Gas Lantern Routine to insure that our plants do not flower prematurely. The average cannabis gardener however, will not need to grow to such lengths unless they are prepared to go the distance and grow huge trees.
For the average California cannabis grower, I recommend starting your summer clone grow in mid June. Starting clones in mid June is the best time to grow because you don’t need any additional lighting to sustain vegetative growth. Harvest on October 1st. To maximize your harvest, use a 65 gallon pot and premium organic soil. This combo can produce between 2 and 4 pounds of high grade cannabis when done correctly! If you don’t need that much or just don’t have the room for that type of plant, you can always use a smaller pot within the same time frame. Any pot bigger than 65 gallons for a June to October grow is overkill in my opinion.
Total Costs for one 65 Gallon Pot Setup:
- One 65 gallon fabric pot – $15
- 5 bags of Premium Organic Soil purchased locally – $80 (I recommend Fox Farm)
- Fox Farm Nutrient Trio – $33
- Organic Bud and Bloom booster – $15 (Start applying as soon as you notice buds)
The total startup costs for a premium 65 gallon setup is around $140! With this setup, your plant/s should thrive! The organic soil is the most important part. Each 1.5cu/ft bag should run between $13 and $18 at a local hydroponics store. Cheap soil is a waste of time and money. Don’t bother!
30 Gallon Outdoor Cannabis Pot Size
If a 65 gallon pot isn’t feasible, try and grow in at least a 30 gallon pot for a June to October 1st harvest. A 30 gallon can yield between a 1/4 pound and 1.5 pounds. In general, big pots provide a nice buffer when compared to small pots. In my opinion, growing in big pots is way easier and much more enjoyable. Besides, growing big plants in small pots is very challenging because it is difficult to maintain rapid growth with such a small root area. Small pots are definitely more labor intensive too. They require regular fertilizing and daily watering! If you are using a 20 gallon pot or smaller, you literally cannot miss a day in high heat.
If you are getting a late start, no big deal. Maybe you were out of town. Whatever the reason, you can still grow premium cannabis starting in July or August. If you starting your summer clone grow in July and want to maximize your harvest potential? I recommend a 50 gallon pot. For a August start date, I recommend at least 30 gallons. Remember to use premium organic soil and place your plant in a sunny spot! Plan on harvesting sometime in October. I usually let my plants go a little longer when they get a late start.
5 Gallon Outdoor Cannabis Pot Size
The key to a successful summer grow is to maintain rapid growth through all stages. Since we never want our plant to slow in growth, we need to provide an awesome environment for it to flourish from start to finish. Using a 5 gallon pot and growing from June to October is almost impossible. I’m sure someone has mastered it, but it is not a practice I recommend for the average grower. Your plant simply cannot flourish in this pot, especially during the summer.
I hope this blog helped at least a little. The point of this blog was to help maximize your summer harvest by choosing a pot that is appropriate for your grow. When choosing your pot size, I urge you to error with a larger pot. Good luck!
Lastly, if you have any questions please post them in the comment section. If you are interested in learning even more about growing cannabis, please check out my blog. Here are a few of my most recent posts:Use this outdoor cannabis pot size guide to improve your overall harvest. This blog was created to help new growers with pot sizes. ]]>