Dollar Tree Meets Wally World: Grow Meds On The Cheap

  • Good morning everyone! So I spent the day installing and upgrading a new add-on for AFN that effects our vendor and breeder forums. It's the same setup that we are using on High of the Tiger, but we didn't realize it would effect members a bit differently here on how it's been received.

    The major benefit of the add-on is that it allows breeders/vendors a global calendar (that they add their own events to,) a group media gallery, group discussion area, an information/about tab, and a few other goodies that should make the experience overall a better one.

    One major caveat to point out, the new groups (where you see the overlay) unfortuantely *REQUIRE* you to join them in order to post in them. This is done by design of the software (and I understand why,) however it's been requested to see if we can circumvent this somehow. I will inquire to the developer to see if it's an option available or one that can be added to future versions. So to be clear, you MUST JOIN the group to be able to post and reply, even if your existing threads were there before. We apologize for this minor inconvenience but it's a one-time deal and then it's back to business :-)
  • Hey we're testing out our new Raffle/Giveaway software and wanted to invite you all to try it out with us for a chance to win a Smokin' Screws pipe screen!

    This will be for USA-based growers only (to start,) and the only requirements are 25 minimum post count to put in an entry (which you can do once per hour!)

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The thread became a journal halfway through so it’s quite long. Won’t expect anyone to read through all of it. Maybe last few updates?

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In keeping with the "cheap-o grow" theme, thought I would post an air pot alternative. I am basing this on 3g pots.The real air pots range from $14.95 for one, to $16.99 for 5. (average $3 each) I have five of the 5g pots, and they do make quite the difference in the root production in veg, and they allow you to feed a lot more in flower, due to the enhanced transpiration caused by all the holes. I never use pots that big anymore, because I only veg for 21-35 days, depending on whether I am running sativa or indica.

Dollar Tree has 1g black buckets. I use a 1" hole saw, and drill holes all around the side of the bucket and in the bottom. I use the weed guard that I showed in the beginning of the thread to insert into the bucket. It is pretty rigid, so it stands up on it's own around the bucket. To measure the piece for the side, I take a piece of string, yarn etc, and wrap it around the circumference of the pot, plus about an extra 2" to overlap. Measure height of the pot, plus about an extra 1/2". That will make feeding/watering a breeze. For the bottom, sit the pot on the weed guard and just cut around the pot. Another little extra that makes a huge difference is to take a small drill bit and drill small holes around the top of the pot every couple inches. If you need to tie down branches to open the canopy, the anchor points are already there. One last cool mod. Transplanting can be tricky for new growers. To eliminate any "new grower" anxiety about that, here is an easy fix; stackable pots. Take a 2g pot, and modify it the same way you did the 1g. If you plan to stack, skip the bottom fabric insert in the 1g pot, so the roots can get through to the 2g pot. Once you put the medium in the pot and water it, the medium stays in place pretty well, just by sitting the pot in the saucer, so don't sweat it. Once the roots start to show through the bottom of the 1g, sit it on top of the 2g. DO NOT fill the 2g up completely. Fill 2g pot 3/4 full, and then put 1g in and then, fill 2g pot full and press medium pretty firm around 1g. The pics that I am posting is just for a visual. I will try to find a pic of one that is complete.

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These have given me some monster plants, and they are super simple. :peace:
 
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In keeping with the "cheap-o grow" theme, thought I would post an air pot alternative. I am basing this on 3g pots.The real air pots range from $14.95 for one, to $16.99 for 5. I have five of the 5g pots, and they do make quite the difference in the root production in veg, and they allow you to feed a lot more in flower, due to the enhanced transpiration caused by all the holes. I never use pots that big anymore, because I only veg for 21-35 days, depending on whether I am running sativa or indica.

Dollar Tree has 1g black buckets. I use a 1" hole saw, and drill holes all around the side of the bucket and in the bottom. I use the weed guard that I showed in the beginning of the thread to insert into the bucket. It is pretty rigid, so it stands up on it's own around the bucket. To measure the piece for the side, I take a piece of string, yarn etc, and wrap it around the circumference of the pot, plus about an extra 2" to overlap. Also, cut the weed guard about 1/2" taller than the pot. It makes feeding/watering a breeze. For the bottom, sit the pot on the weed guard and just cut around the pot. Another little extra that makes a huge difference is to take a small drill bit and drill small holes around the top of the pot every couple inches. If you need to tie down branches to open the canopy, the anchor points are already there. One last cool mod. Transplanting can be tricky for new growers. To eliminate any "new grower" anxiety about that, here is an easy fix; stackable pots. Take a 2g pot, and modify it the same way you did the 1g. If you plan to stack, skip the bottom fabric insert in the 1g pot, so the roots can get through to the 2g pot. Once you put the medium in the pot and water it, the medium stays in place pretty well, just by sitting the pot in the saucer, so don't sweat it. Once the roots start to show through the bottom of the 1g, sit it on top of the 2g. DO NOT fill the 2g up completely. Fill 2g pot 3/4 full, and then put 1g in and then, fill 2g pot full and press medium pretty firm around 1g. The pics that I am posting is just for a visual. I will try to find a pic of one that is complete.

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Cool!! These could be used in conjunction with the insta transplant pots to great effect for space savers!! https://www.autoflower.net/forums/threads/instatransplant-cups-pots-pictorial-and-root-restriction-stunting.64509/
 

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NateNobody! Where were you three months ago? This is some next level, Super Hero stuffs. I'm so broke that I can barely afford to pay attention some days. I just saved what felt like my life's savings getting my grow together over the last three months and here you come hitting me with some "right up your alley knowledge" and your plants would make me proud as punch to call my own. @StickMan sent me here and now I'll never leave. Great stuff Nate, you're a somebody in my book.

But now for a little real talk... There is no way in hell I can let my wife see this thread or it'll be my ass. So, you're going to have to be my dirty little secret.
 

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NateNobody! Where were you three months ago? This is some next level, Super Hero stuffs. I'm so broke that I can barely afford to pay attention some days. I just saved what felt like my life's savings getting my grow together over the last three months and here you come hitting me with some "right up your alley knowledge" and your plants would make me proud as punch to call my own. @StickMan sent me here and now I'll never leave. Great stuff Nate, you're a somebody in my book.

But now for a little real talk... There is no way in hell I can let my wife see this thread or it'll be my ass. So, you're going to have to be my dirty little secret.
Hahaha that is a good one for real. Rotfl

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