A few days I came across what are called Hempy Buckets. It reminds me of a form of DWC and I wanted to try this new way of growing using some cuttings from the plants after they had a trim.
Things You Will Need
- Drill w/ 1/4" bit
- A cup
- Rooting Hormone
- Liquid Nutrients(I use General Hydroponics)
The process itself is simple enough. First, Drill a hole about an inch from the bottom of the cup.
Then fill the cup with Perlite. I would recommend leaving an inch or two of space at the top because the Perlite will will expand and possibly overflow if you don't. Some growers use a Perlite/Vermiculite mix but I have read many success stories using 100% Perlite.
Finally, run some water through the cup until the runoff is not milky.
Just About Ready To Put In Clones!
Before the clones are put in we need to PH some water. 5.8 is ideal but 5.5 to 6.5 is acceptable.
Next, we need to pour the pH'd water into the cups. Remember there is a half inch of water in the bottom of the cup from where the tap was ran through it so make sure to water the Perlite thoroughly with the pH'd water.
I personally did not add nutrients to the pH'd water at first because I didn't want to waste nutrients. After thoroughly watering with the plain pH'd water then pH'd nutrient water was run through the cups.
Now the cuttings are run through the root hormone
And placed in the cup!
Don't forget to cover your container to increase humidity!
The images above were taken three days ago. All the cuttings except for one are doing good. I wanted to try this method because it is run to waste. Essentially, the nutrient water that runs out of the cups is not reused. However, the benefit of this system is it actually uses less water than DWC, no ppm meters are needed, and root rot should not be an issue.
I will know in about 4 more days if this experiment is successful or not. The cuttings had their leaves trimmed while I had them out today because I noticed I missed snipping some leaves.
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