Hempy Buckets ???

My plan is to just run a 70/30 mix of coco and chunky perlite, amended with some dry organic nutes and water with a light mix of my Jack's hydro feed, water to 30% runoff every other day and see what happens, not a lot of good info on the tube so hoping someone here has a wizardry degree in hempy 🤣🤣🤣😉😉😉🤓🤓🤓
 

.Smoke

In Bloom
Did someone say Hempy??? :)
(System pictured here is recirculating. I run DTW)

Your best bet is to build your own buckets. About the only company I know of that makes them is Bato.
They're really expensive.

Here are a couple links...
My current grow

And a link over on RIU where I posted pictures of my buckets and feed/drainage systems.

There are a few other hempy growers here that I'm sure have a wealth of knowledge to help you with also.

Any questions you have feel free to ask.
 
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Thanks for your time sir, I was a bit confused with the hempy,sip,dutchbucket terms being thrown around, I was planning on doing 5 gal buckets with 3/4 bulkhead fittings daisy chaining the buckets together(square buckets from blows in case I want to do a rdwc in the future) and bottom feeding via a 1 in PVC pipe in the lead buckets with a drain on the other end, so 10 buckets total 2 lead buckets on one end and 2 drain buckets on opposing ends, gonna mulch with old hydroton and hopefully I'll have lower RH than the flood and drain systems, and again thanks for your time mr smoke 👍👍👍🤓🤓🤓
 

Gentlemancorpse

Cannabis Chaotician
I've been considering an idea much like yours... I want to give hempy a try but a recirculating DTW like @.Smoke is a little to permanent so I've been thinking about SIPs or maybe some kind of gravity fed DTW... still kicking ideas around in my head... I was thinking I would try using the perlite/vermiculite mix that Smoke uses and I have a bunch of scavenged Waterfarm buckets I snagged from the dump that I want to modify for it

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, we're on this journey together apparently haha
 

Buck5050

In Bloom
Some other great Hempy resources:

Hempy Headquarters at 420mag
Hempy Bucket Thread at ICmag

Hempy makes a great transition from soil to hydro. With the mini-reservoir on the bottom of each container, it allows you to top feed every few days like soil and the plant sips up what it needs from the reservoir between those waterings. Normally Hempy Buckets are a top feed drain to waste methods. There are many modifications to that idea that works well, but the original "Hempy" bucket was just a bucket with a single 3/8ths hole drilled in it two inches up from the bottom. Perlite filled to the drain hole and a 70/30 perlite to vermiculite mix the rest of the way, hand-watered with hydro nutrients every few days.
 

Jewels

Tilts at Tables
past experiences
We could walk this back ,,,
40 years
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Hydroton will wick proper, to a crown height of 21, 22 cm ( 8 inch )
Water level should fluctuate between 4 and 1 cm.

I have been diligently building a hydro table.
Automated watering, without electrics.

This can be done low-budget, and lo-tech.
Fittings and pumps are extravagant.
Essentially, you need an inch of water, in a 8 inch pail.
If you plan to recirc., go a 'lil bigger than. 3/4.
 

Buck5050

In Bloom
I experimented with two-gallon hempy buckets a few years back. Super simple and effective. I used perlite for the bottom portion and filled the rest with coco. Just had to water every couple days and that was about it. I'm surprised I don't see them around more often on the forums.
This brought up an interesting thought. For me, moving to "Hempy" was a way to get from soil to hydro. Now that I have been in hydro I want more automation and that is moving me more and more away from hempy. Currently, I have my veg area set up with a drip system that waters the little hempy containers:
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It saves me the time from hand watering and makes things very easy. But, I think to myself all the time "why don't you just flood and drain with coco".
 
After trying a number of mediums/growing styles I've been all hempy in 2 gallon buckets for a few years. Hydroton on the bottom with coco/perlite above.

For me the key was realizing you aren't properly taking advantage of passive hydro unless you are regularly feeding to runoff. They can feel deceptively heavy to where you think they don't need a feed, but if you want maximum growth, the roots need to be in nutrient solution.

The good air retention of coco/perlite also leads to higher rates of evaporation which helps reduce root zone temps. Where I ran into root rot with DWC, passive hydro in the same grow space thrives.

For me it has been the simplest, most effective way I've found to produce consistent harvests.
 

.Smoke

In Bloom
This brought up an interesting thought. For me, moving to "Hempy" was a way to get from soil to hydro. Now that I have been in hydro I want more automation and that is moving me more and more away from hempy. Currently, I have my veg area set up with a drip system that waters the little hempy containers:
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It saves me the time from hand watering and makes things very easy. But, I think to myself all the time "why don't you just flood and drain with coco".
If you can figure out a way to automate your drainage, then there's no need to stop with hempy.

I have my buckets drain into a condensate pump that pumps my waste into my sewer line for instance.
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.Smoke

In Bloom
After trying a number of mediums/growing styles I've been all hempy in 2 gallon buckets for a few years. Hydroton on the bottom with coco/perlite above.

For me the key was realizing you aren't properly taking advantage of passive hydro unless you are regularly feeding to runoff. They can feel deceptively heavy to where you think they don't need a feed, but if you want maximum growth, the roots need to be in nutrient solution.

The good air retention of coco/perlite also leads to higher rates of evaporation which helps reduce root zone temps. Where I ran into root rot with DWC, passive hydro in the same grow space thrives.

For me it has been the simplest, most effective way I've found to produce consistent harvests.
Agreed.
In flower I feed to 30% runoff daily.
 

Buck5050

In Bloom
If you can figure out a way to automate your drainage, then there's no need to stop with hempy.

I have my buckets drain into a condensate pump that pumps my waste into my sewer line for instance.
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I did come up with a decent drain solution for my flower tent a couple of years ago and it has made that process a whole lot easier.

The veg tent that holds the cups in the pic from above, it recirculates with no waste until the reservoir gets changed. At that point, I suck about 3-4 gallons out with a shop vac and water my orange tree. :) The pump comes on for 20 mins every 24 hours and moves about a full cup of nutrients through every day. The process does drop the ph in the reservoir and every few days I'll add an ml or two to bring it up. Very hands-off in most respects. I try and peek in everyday just in case something goes haywire
 

ricky_simples

In Bloom
If you can figure out a way to automate your drainage, then there's no need to stop with hempy.

I have my buckets drain into a condensate pump that pumps my waste into my sewer line for instance.
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Dude, I just did this and I couldn't be happier. I purchased a Little Giant condensate pump and placed it in a 7 gallon container under my flood table. All drain water from the table (and the dehumidifier) drain into this bucket and it automatically pumps it into the laundry room sink to drain. Biggest game changer ever.
 
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