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With my current plan, I'm only going to have about 30-35" or so between my (air cooled) 600W HPS and the top of my pots. With some (probably heavy) LST, can I still keep 12 plants in 3 gallon pots without burning the tops?
I have a 449 CFM vortex on the way, so I don't expect heat to be a huge problem. I figure I can get the tops 6-8" away from the glass without burning, which would allow me around 2 feet of growing room.
I know I could do it with a ScrOG, but I need each pot independently mobile. The only way I could use a screen is to put a screen above each pot. Sounds a little tedious. I may have to cut down the number of plants, but I have room for 12, so it's tempting to just fill it up! The grow space is 3'x4', so the HPS will definitely cover the whole area at the height it will be set at.
Any LSTers out there who can say, "Oh yeah, you can easily fit 12 plants in there, here's how I do it!"?
I'm not sure you are going to find that my friend. Twelve plants under one 600w light is way too many. especially with the amount of growth space you have. LST spreads out the plants. You could do this grow with one single plant and do just as well, i would think. but i think most people would agree that 12 plants wont work, but i'd love to see you surprise me. Got any pictures of the space you're working with? It'd be helpful to see the space you have with everything set up in it.
I may just have to take it down to nine plants. For my first run in this cab, I'm going to pop 10 seeds, hoping for 5 or more females, so we'll see how those fill it up and go from there.
It's a bummer, since I went through all the trouble to make sure the containers I bought would fit in the cab in a way that maximizes the efficiency of the floor space. Maybe I'll run a SOG in there at some point in the future, so my efforts won't have been totally wasted.
When I pop the seeds, I'll start a grow log with pictures galore. Should happen within the next couple of weeks, getting the cab set up and other setbacks have been getting in the way.