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    Long story short, I have a bunch of seeds that could be any combination of auto/photo/hermy/male/fem/good/shite. They're probably rubbish, but curiosity has got the better of me and I want to grow a few and see what I get.

    I haven't got space for proper pots, so at the moment they're each in a mini seedling pot, 250ml or whatever, and I'd like to pretty much leave them in those (however many end up keepers).

    I know that people out there are growing plants out of little plastic 'solo' cups. But I just imagine the plants getting root bound pretty quickly.

    How can I successfully grow a mini plant out of these small pots, without them getting rootbound and dying?

    I found something the other day that mentioned trimming the roots, but I don't really understand how I'd do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBalls View Post
    Long story short, I have a bunch of seeds that could be any combination of auto/photo/hermy/male/fem/good/shite. They're probably rubbish, but curiosity has got the better of me and I want to grow a few and see what I get.

    I haven't got space for proper pots, so at the moment they're each in a mini seedling pot, 250ml or whatever, and I'd like to pretty much leave them in those (however many end up keepers).

    I know that people out there are growing plants out of little plastic 'solo' cups. But I just imagine the plants getting root bound pretty quickly.

    How can I successfully grow a mini plant out of these small pots, without them getting rootbound and dying?

    I found something the other day that mentioned trimming the roots, but I don't really understand how I'd do that.

    Thanks
    Using fabric pot, or air pots, will prevent your roots getting bound, as they will prune when they get to air, instead of spiralling around like in a plastic pot.

    Stick with small auto strain, you might be alright. But you're not going to get massive plants



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    Maybe try using a long try across the whole floor space, give it width if you can't give it depth.... 2l ice cream tub even lol. Use your initiative mate, the bigger pot you can manage the better

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    They can be root bound but not die.

    Keeping on yanking them out of their pots or cups to cut roots would probably stress them all out and hermie them all.

    Depends on what you have in mind IF you find something that you want to keep or grow big, IMO.

    I have grown them in 4-inch pots to maturity with no issues. The plants were proportionally small, but they lived and flowered fine. The biggest leaves were about 1.5 inch across. Kinda cute to be honest.

    How I would do it if I wanted such a project: Keep them close to the lamp without burning them, 18/6 light cycle, 9 seeds at a time to stay forum friendly AND have them lined up in a neat 3 x 3 grid.

    Throw out any duds and start the other seeds. Take clones if there aren't too many. Keep the keepers and flower those through to chop.
    Fight for your health.

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    Thanks for the great advice.
    Basically they're already planted into the little .3l square pots. (I did just look to see if you can get air pruning pots for seedlings, but they don't seem to come smaller than 1l. They'd be great though! Spesh for transplanting autos!)

    The reason I'm keeping in small pots is I've only got space amongst my main plants for a little propagator tray with a few mini pots lined up. If say just one is a keeper, I can give it a bigger pot.
    But for the moment I need to grow a few til I know their sex and flowering type etc.
    I guess I'm being optimistic about finding more than one keeper.

    Glad to hear that rootbound doesn't necessarily mean death. I'll give them lots of light and see how it goes.
    Maybe Cannazyme in feeds might help too?
    Anyway, stoned and rambling... thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBalls View Post
    Thanks for the great advice.
    Basically they're already planted into the little .3l square pots. (I did just look to see if you can get air pruning pots for seedlings, but they don't seem to come smaller than 1l. They'd be great though! Spesh for transplanting autos!)

    The reason I'm keeping in small pots is I've only got space amongst my main plants for a little propagator tray with a few mini pots lined up. If say just one is a keeper, I can give it a bigger pot.
    But for the moment I need to grow a few til I know their sex and flowering type etc.
    I guess I'm being optimistic about finding more than one keeper.

    Glad to hear that rootbound doesn't necessarily mean death. I'll give them lots of light and see how it goes.
    Maybe Cannazyme in feeds might help too?
    Anyway, stoned and rambling... thanks again
    Don't do more than 10 plants at a time. It's a hard rule here and will get u da boot.

    If you are in the UK I don't know what to tell u. If US, I do. 0.3L airpots on Amazon. Though honestly, get some cheapie liter pots or better yet, chop the tops off 2L bottles.

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    Nice to meet ya!

    As far as I can tell the issue with small grows is two fold both caused by a smaller volume of grow medium.

    1. You have less food to leave your plant in. That means you have to feed it more in smaller amounts.

    2. Smaller space means less room for feeding errors. You'll need to use nutes as soil wont keep up with the demand and with a smaller medium volume you have to be precise in measuring.

    Im curious about these unknown seeds. Are they out of a sack or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Don't do more than 10 plants at a time. It's a hard rule here and will get u da boot.

    If you are in the UK I don't know what to tell u. If US, I do. 0.3L airpots on Amazon. Though honestly, get some cheapie liter pots or better yet, chop the tops off 2L bottles.
    Thanks mate, yeah I'm sticking to under 10. You really got my hopes up there, but I had a look on the US amazon and it looks like you might've seen the 0.3gal (1l) pots... I have a couple of those actually, but I really wish they made seedling ones! You did give me an idea of using 500ml water bottles and cutting nr the top... they wouldn't increase the footprint, but they'd be much deeper.
    If I do something like that, I'm not sure I'd want to un-plant these seeds now?


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    Nice to meet ya!

    As far as I can tell the issue with small grows is two fold both caused by a smaller volume of grow medium.

    1. You have less food to leave your plant in. That means you have to feed it more in smaller amounts.

    2. Smaller space means less room for feeding errors. You'll need to use nutes as soil wont keep up with the demand and with a smaller medium volume you have to be precise in measuring.

    Im curious about these unknown seeds. Are they out of a sack or something?
    Thanks for the tips. That makes lots of sense. Luckily I am using coco and measuring ppms, so that should make it easier to feed properly.

    I briefly discussed the seeds in a thread a cpl of months ago, it's no exciting story, but as you asked:

    Freebie OG Kush auto, didn't autoflower, turned out to be photo.
    Went through a lot of stress and problems and eventually hermied. Can't be 100% whether that was due to genetics, or the stress.
    This pollinated an NL feminised photo plant.
    These seeds are from the NL. I've been calling them OG Lights.
    So there could be 25% auto genes in there, it may or may not be prone to hermying, and I have no idea what sex to expect.

    Most people would probably chuck those seeds away, but it should explain why I wanted to germinate a few of them, chuck out the males, then see whether any keepers remain. If I'm lucky I'll get an autoflower. If photos, l'll decide whether to grow them out, or bin them.

    Really pleased with all of the help I've had. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBalls View Post
    Thanks mate, yeah I'm sticking to under 10. You really got my hopes up there, but I had a look on the US amazon and it looks like you might've seen the 0.3gal (1l) pots... I have a couple of those actually, but I really wish they made seedling ones! You did give me an idea of using 500ml water bottles and cutting nr the top... they wouldn't increase the footprint, but they'd be much deeper.
    If I do something like that, I'm not sure I'd want to un-plant these seeds now?




    Thanks for the tips. That makes lots of sense. Luckily I am using coco and measuring ppms, so that should make it easier to feed properly.

    I briefly discussed the seeds in a thread a cpl of months ago, it's no exciting story, but as you asked:

    Freebie OG Kush auto, didn't autoflower, turned out to be photo.
    Went through a lot of stress and problems and eventually hermied. Can't be 100% whether that was due to genetics, or the stress.
    This pollinated an NL feminised photo plant.
    These seeds are from the NL. I've been calling them OG Lights.
    So there could be 25% auto genes in there, it may or may not be prone to hermying, and I have no idea what sex to expect.

    Most people would probably chuck those seeds away, but it should explain why I wanted to germinate a few of them, chuck out the males, then see whether any keepers remain. If I'm lucky I'll get an autoflower. If photos, l'll decide whether to grow them out, or bin them.

    Really pleased with all of the help I've had. Thanks!
    That sounds like a super grab bag! Should be fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Don't do more than 10 plants at a time. It's a hard rule here and will get u da boot.

    If you are in the UK I don't know what to tell u. If US, I do. 0.3L airpots on Amazon. Though honestly, get some cheapie liter pots or better yet, chop the tops off 2L bottles.
    Better yet cut the bottom of any bottle and use bottle upside down, the shape guides the main root out the other end where it will airprune if the bottle is suspended somehow.
    I'm crazy for telling this already because it's the trick up my sleeve for the coming Pepsi challenge.
    So let's keep it between us here please

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBalls View Post
    Thanks mate, yeah I'm sticking to under 10. You really got my hopes up there, but I had a look on the US amazon and it looks like you might've seen the 0.3gal (1l) pots... I have a couple of those actually, but I really wish they made seedling ones! You did give me an idea of using 500ml water bottles and cutting nr the top... they wouldn't increase the footprint, but they'd be much deeper.
    If I do something like that, I'm not sure I'd want to un-plant these seeds now?




    Thanks for the tips. That makes lots of sense. Luckily I am using coco and measuring ppms, so that should make it easier to feed properly.

    I briefly discussed the seeds in a thread a cpl of months ago, it's no exciting story, but as you asked:

    Freebie OG Kush auto, didn't autoflower, turned out to be photo.
    Went through a lot of stress and problems and eventually hermied. Can't be 100% whether that was due to genetics, or the stress.
    This pollinated an NL feminised photo plant.
    These seeds are from the NL. I've been calling them OG Lights.
    So there could be 25% auto genes in there, it may or may not be prone to hermying, and I have no idea what sex to expect.

    Most people would probably chuck those seeds away, but it should explain why I wanted to germinate a few of them, chuck out the males, then see whether any keepers remain. If I'm lucky I'll get an autoflower. If photos, l'll decide whether to grow them out, or bin them.

    Really pleased with all of the help I've had. Thanks!
    They should be feminozed seeds in your case. Happened to me. I'm growing out my seeds now and grew a couple last run. They are all girls.

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    How did it turn out GreenBalls?

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    This sort of thing?



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    Quote Originally Posted by M_C View Post
    This sort of thing?

    Yes that sort of thing! V impressed MC


    Quote Originally Posted by Cleargreen View Post
    How did it turn out GreenBalls?
    Unfortunately mate I ended up having a strange night where the rozzers knocked on the door at 2am.
    All ended up fine, but the first thing I did in a blind panic was chuck those seedlings away

    But I could well end up doing something similar in the future with some other weird seeds I have, so the info here is invaluable still!
    Nice one for sharing your personal tip btw ^^
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    Can't be too careful can ya?

    I'm starting soon with my next grow 8x 750ml Champagne bottles and the Pepsi challenge all in a box that is way too small in terms of width and depth. To make it even worse I'm doing multiple strains because that is the whole reason for doing that many plants to begin with.

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