Flowerpots are usually a forgotten element in growing cannabis that most people take for granted. However, if you don’t use the right type of flowerpot you may have numerous issues in the future; your plants can become stressed, roots can burn, and they can produce less yield. This is why choosing the right flowerpot for your plants is incredibly important before you start your grow.
How to Choose the Best Flowerpot for Cannabis Plants
Many growers don’t stop to think about the flowerpot they need, and this is a mistake; many issues can be sure to choosing the wrong flowerpot. In order to choose the right flowerpot for your plants, you’ll need to keep the following factors in mind:
- The type of cannabis you’ll be growing; if they’re auto or photoperiodic.
- If you’re growing indoors or outdoors.
- If you’re using SoG or SCRoG growing techniques.
- If you’re going to be growing them for long periods of time.
Types of Flowerpot According to Strain: Auto or Photoperiodic
Autoflowering plants are obtained by crossing Ruderalis plants with incredibly potent commercial strains. Autoflowering plants, also known as autos or automatic plants, grow to maturity and begin to flower just a few weeks after germinating, regardless of the light they receive. Due to the fact that these types of plants have very few weeks of vegetative period, it’s incredibly important to keep them stress-free so that they don’t stop growing. In order to avoid stressful transplants, we recommend using 18L or larger flowerpots.
Photoperiodic plants, whether feminized or regular, need to grow until maturity and then have to begin receiving less light in order to begin flowering. That’s why they’re called photo (light) periodic, because they need certain periods of light in each stage. These types of plants should be started off in a small flowerpot, transplanting to larger pots as your plants grow. During the growth stage, transplants don’t cause excessive stress and are actually incredibly beneficial. If you place a small plant in a large flowerpot, their roots will begin growing to the bottom of the flowerpot and then to the sides, leaving the upper half quite empty.
What Flowerpots to Use Outdoors
If you plan on growing outdoors we recommend using white plastic flowerpots. Round containers are much more stable than square ones and they can deal with higher winds without falling over. White plastic doesn’t heat up as much as black plastic in the sun, and during the summer black flowerpots can make the roots heat up even more and cause health issues in your plants. If you have enough space and you plan on growing large plants, we recommend using 40L and 50L flowerpots.
Outdoors, geo-textile flowerpots like Smart Pots are super useful, as they give your plants’ roots an incredibly healthy and stable growth environment. Geotextile flowerpots allow roots to breathe more, meaning they can be used outdoors even if they’re black. Unlike plastic flowerpots, where roots can end up knotting and dying off, Smart Pots allow roots to keep growing and allow them to grow naturally like the would in the soil. Plus, thanks to their fabric, it’s almost impossible to soak your roots accidentally. They’re also very easy to clean.
What Flowerpots to Use Indoors
If you’re going to be growing cannabis indoors, we recommend using black square pots which allow you to make the most of your available space indoors. Plus, they’re cheaper than white flowerpots. In our catalogue you can find flowerpots in the following sizes: 0.2L, 0.4L, 0.7L, 1.65L, 2L, 3.5L, 5L, 7L, 11L, 18L.
Smart Pot is also a great choice for indoor growers.
Flowerpots for All Types of Grows; Standard, SoG, SCRoG, and Hydroponics
- If you’re growing your plants conventionally, you can use 7 – 11L flowerpots during the flowering stage. Start with smaller flowerpots and transplant them as they grow.
- The SoG technique (Sea of Green) involves placing many small plants and flowering them as soon as they mature. We recommend using clones of the same strain so that they all grow evenly and can be flipped to flower at the same time.
- If you plan on using coco coir substrate you can use our 3.5L black flowerpots.
- For soil substrate, we recommend 5L square black flowerpots.
- When using SCRoG techniques (Screen of Green) you can maximize yield with just a few plants. This is done by intertwining your plants’ branches through a thin mesh. You only need a few plants to fill out the entire mesh; we recommend using 18L square flowerpots.
- For hydroponics you can use our gridded flowerpots, designed to be used with AeroFlo, Cutting Board or Rainforest.
You can also find a wide range of trays for flowerpots designed to stop overflowing water from flooding your grow room or balcony.
If you have any questions regarding what flowerpots you should be using in your grow room, you can get in touch with La Huerta Grow Shop’s team of experts.