The Hempy Bucket

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hempy

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Hi every one i thort id add this system of growing i use and have used from the early to mid 80s , As most of you that know me will all ready know that im a believe in simplicity and things that work and i only really state facts that i have experience from hands on.

I like the hempy bucket because of its simplicity and the price of the system (ITS FREE ) to make and has no moving parts that can fail and once the plant has started its root system you can basically water and forget it for 2 days or 3 depending on temps and you can grow any strain from sativa to indica in it .

I basically got the idea from my first hydro kit i ever got that was a tomato hydro kit and i found it really easy to understand ,It was basically an aquponic set up and the guy i had got it from i went back a few years later telling him about my creation and how i got it from his idea and the look on his face and smile sed it all ,Iv spoken to a few people in the hydro industry about it and they all tell me it wont work it will course root rot so on well there all wrong because this method works and they say a picture is worth a 100 wards right lol.

I AM NOT SAYING THIS METHOD IS THE BEST BUT What i am saying is its a option and a easy cheep way to grow hydroponicly and nothing more, I have tried a lot of methods and have all ways gone back to this.


To make a hempy bucket is simple all you need to do is this

Get your self a bucket any color but clear as you will end up with algy forming as the nutrients react to the light .

The size of the bucket can very from 1 gal (4lt) to 5gal (20lt) ruffly i personally like using a 10 lt bucket and have had up to 19 oz cured yield from a single bucket but it depends on the strain and given phino .

Once you have your bucket then get a drill and drill a drain hole in the side of the bucket about 2 inch from the bottom , The drain hole can be around 7/16.

And the medium i use is perlite/vermiculite at around 3 to 4 parts perlite to 1 part vermiculite.You can use volcanic rocks but personally i found the perlite / vermiculite a lot better in many ways but you can use only perlite to.

You can use coco core but you need to fill the rez with perlite or clay balls or even coco chip any thing that will allow the coco core to drain as it wicks you cant have coco core from the rez to the top because the coco core needs to be above the rez hole or at the same level so it drains in short you need to allow the coco core to work as it should if you dont it will stay to wet like mud as coco core wicks.

All you need to do now is basically add the rooted clone or seedling water with nutrient rich water and thats it,I would water it daily until the tap root and root system has headed down to the res but once you see a decent growth rate id then start to water every 2 days.

The only thing wrong with it is you need to hand water and you get run off from the drain hole thats it and as far as checking your PH well the only time you need to do that is when you mix your nutrients i like using a PH of 6.2 PH but if your water is 7ph or close then mix your nutrients as directed on the bottle and you will be in the range recommended.

If you want to ask me questions feel free .


Like i sed i am not stating this methods is the best just saying its a option and a free one and it works and works well ................hempy


23 /11/2010 UP DATE - Since i first posted this to the community and shared my method it seams a few people have run with this method and put there spin on it and have been posting it around the boards and saying hempy sed this or that now i will not take responsibility for any of these peoples wards or spins on this method if your plants fail or dont do to good blame them not me.

You need to think for your selfs in all honesty the formula i have given you all to go along with the method is full proof i state my reputation on it and if you know me away from the site you will know my ward means more to me than any ego bull shit these few seam to feed on.

I see some saying dont feed your plants until it starts to grow and the roots hit the rez feed only water well the medium has no nutrient value what are your plants meant to feed off just water ? think about it a little dont just take peoples advice with out thinking about what there saying.

Dont water until you see your plants wilt come on are you guys honestly believing these people ?.

Water once a week with nutrient rich water and only water in between if needed are you seriously going to do this and expect your plants to remain happy and healthy.

My advice is this use the basic formula i have given you it works you will know as much as these try hards or more soon after you read this post you have any problems or questions contact me at Mr nice co site.

I dont care if you put your spin on it i dont care if you dont follow my advice or formula i dont even care if you like me or hate me but i do care that some people across the boards are telling people hempy sed this or that when i have not and are coursing peoples plants to suffer or worse fail that upsets me and it is wrong.

Use your heads its very simple the medium is to anchor your plants the nutrients is what feeds your plants and gives them all they need to grow into happy healthy plants rocket science it is not.
 
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JessE

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Hey guys,
I highly recommend the Hempy bucket myself, I recently read a thread over at ICMAG with some guys trying to do the hempy bucket and they were getting alot of information wrong. Here is a picture I took a few months ago of all the equipment needed for the hempy bucket minus the HPS light ofcourse and a dropper to measure out the nutes.

 
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JessE

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Hey guys,
Here is a picture of a 3 gallon bucket with a 75% perlite to vermiculite ratio. Basically mix the soiless mix at 3 cups perlite to one cup vermiculite(make sure you water the perlite and vermiculite first) and then place your rockwool cube with your clone or seed plant in the mix. Follow the rest of hempys instructions as far as feeding, and you should be on your way. A highly effective method of hydroponics.
 
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The Crow

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I have used the hempy bucket a couple time's now myself, and it has worked like a charm each time. This is a method anyone can use to grow quality cannabis.
 
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JessE

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Hi Mike,
If you mean can you use perlite only, I believe the answer to that question is ultimately yes. However, I find vermiculite hard to find in my area as well which is why I ordered some online when I got my nutrients.
 

Missile Mike

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lol, I meant, I can only get perlite for construction purposes here easily. I know what perlite is, but don't know the difference between the perlite used for growing and the perlite used for building, if there is any.

JessE:
I thought Vermiculite is even more difficult to find, but isn't. Go to a pet shop where they have reptiles and stuff for terrariums. There you will likely find Vermiculite in 2 L bags, used as medium for breeding (eggs). It's quite expensive 2,49 € when on sale for 2 L, otherwise 2,99. The brand I can get is from Namiba Terra. They sell coco bricks and spagnum moss and other neat things along wif UVA/UVB cfls. I get my charcoal in petshops as well, more inconspicious and since I have turtles and fish it's convenient.

Since I have very good results with coco I might try a mix of coco, perlite and vermiculite with mostly coco and least vermiculite.
 
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Missile Mike

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active hempy

Hi Hempy,
I'm currently givig this a try. I mix mineral and organic here. I hotglued an airstone to the bottom of the bucket. The plant grows like on cruise control. In early stages I use mineral ferts, later on I switch to organic (teas) as I've done it before in soil and coco. It's a very low maintainance system.
 

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videoman40

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Greetings, I gotta tell ya, I've tried this method twice so far, and out of two attempts, I've killed two plants.

The 1st was a femenized mazar, after she died early on, I decided not to waste good genes on a experiment so I tried it with a lowrider. Again, it died too after about three weeks. Atleast on the 2nd attempt I got further.

I started from seed previously, and i'd love for this to work, I may try again, but using a plant that was started in soil and is atleast 3 weeks old too.

I have no idea wh thet keep dying.
Peace


Hi every one i thort id add this system of growing i use and have used from the erly to mid 80s , As most of you that know me will all ready know that im a belive in simplicity and things that work and i only realy state facts that i have experencet from hands on.

I like the hempy bucket becouse of its simplicity and the price of the system (ITS FREE ) to make and has no moveing parts that can fail and once the plant has started its root system you can basicly water and forget it for 2 days or 3 depending on temps and you can grow eny strain from sativa to indica in it .

I basicly got the idear from my first hydro kit i ever got that was a tamato hydro kit and i found it realy easy to understand ,It was basicly an aquponic set up and the guy i had got it from i whent back a few years later telling him about my creation and how i got it from his idear and the look on his face and smile sed it all ,Iv spoken to a few people in the hydro industry about it and they all tell me it wont work it will couse root rot so on well there all rong becouse this method works and they say a picture is worth a 100 wards right lol.

I AM NOT SAYING THIS METHOD IS THE BEST BUT What i am saying is its a option and a easy cheep way to grow hydroponicly and nothing more, I have tryed a lot of methods and have all ways gone back to this.


To make a hempy bucket is simple all you need to do is this

Get your self a bucket eny colour but clear as you will end up with algy forming as the nutes react to the light .

The size of the bucket can very from 1 gal (4lt) to 5gal (20lt) ruffly i personaly like useing a 10 lt bucket and have had up to 19 oz cured yield from a single bucket but it depends on the strain and given phino .

Once you have your bucket then get a drill and drill a drain hole in the side of the bucket about 2 inch from the bottom , The drain hole can be around 7/16.

And the medium i use is perlite/vermiculite at around 3 to 4 parts perlite to 1 part vermiculite.You can use volcanic rocks but personaly i found the perlite / vermiculite a lot better in meany ways.

All you need to do now is basicly add the rooted clone or seedling water with nutes and thats it,I would water it daily until the tap root and root system has headed down to the res but once you see a desent growth rate id then start to water every 2 days.

The only thing rong with it is you need to hand water and you get run off from the drain hole thats it and as far as checking your PH well the only time you need to do that is when you mix your nutes i like useing a PH of 6.2 PH .

If you want to ask me questions feel free .


Like i sed im not stateing this methods is the best just saying its a option and a free one and it works and works well ................hempy
 

redeye24/7

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Hi videoman40,

hempy is the guy who has the best info on this,but what color was your plant?Yellow,green(light/dark).

What nutes,correct dosage?Did they wilt? did they fry? Water amounts?

Is it your first hydro go,have you got any more info ,i am sure this will help you alot better with the more details you supply.

peace all.
 

Missile Mike

New member
I have seen plants with stem rot in hempys and with serious nutrient lockout as well due to ph issues. My guess is ppl tend to overwater which is said to be impossible with them, but given the fact the plant stands in a puddle of water with low ambient temperature, rot still may happen. It's passive 'dro after all, so monitoring the runoff water and adjusting the ph and ec value in advance may be advisable. I have an additional airstone in the bucket that supplies additional oxygen to the roots. A moisture meter is stuck in the perlite and I only water when it says "almost dry". With this regime the plants grow like on cruise control. I have just made a new improved bucket that I'm going to try soon. I call them hempys "pee buckets", because they just are buckets that pee. With my new made one I hotglued a hose in the hole for the runoff water. That way I even don't have to move the plant, because when watering I can point the hose to a vessel, that collects the runoff, no more dripping out of the hole! That runoff can then be checked for ph and ec values.
 
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JessE

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If you are experiencing root rot, deficiencys or killing plants with this method you're doing some wrong for sure.
 

Alaska

New member
I have not done hempy buckets myself, but am planning on doing an automated perlite grow with drippers and dutch pots, which act a lot like hempy buckets with the built in res.

I do know that perlite is used in many hydroculture food crops and is said to be a good medium

I would suggest people that are having rot issues wait until they see a slight droop in the plants leaves, and only water when this is seen. Doing this will insure no root rot as the roots must be thouroughly dry in order for the plant to begin wilting.

My plants regularly get a little droopy, but since i check them daily I can water them almost instantly when it happens.

hth

Be safe

Alaska
 

Missile Mike

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If you are experiencing root rot, deficiencys or killing plants with this method you're doing some wrong for sure.
You're definitely right about that.

I have not done hempy buckets myself, but am planning on doing an automated perlite grow with drippers and dutch pots, which act a lot like hempy buckets with the built in res.

I do know that perlite is used in many hydroculture food crops and is said to be a good medium

I would suggest people that are having rot issues wait until they see a slight droop in the plants leaves, and only water when this is seen. Doing this will insure no root rot as the roots must be thouroughly dry in order for the plant to begin wilting.

My plants regularly get a little droopy, but since i check them daily I can water them almost instantly when it happens.

hth

Be safe

Alaska
Same regime here Alaska, no probs with rot in whatever medium I use. A good technique is as well to tip slightly at the petioles and if they're soft, the plant may need water. This does however not apply to older fan leaves that are in the dying off process.
 
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