Short on space and not exactly flush with cash, but still want to get in on the whole homegrown weed phenomenon? Or maybe you’re interested in learning about cannabis cultivation techniques, but want to start off small before you invest in a load of expensive, complicated equipment?
Either way, if you’re fortunate enough to live in a country where you can grow weed legally, the a ‘space Bucket grow‘ could be ideal.
Increasing in popularity now that many governments are starting to wake up to the futility of marijuana prohibition, this cost-effective yet rewarding technique requires little more than a few pieces of basic equipment you can pick up at any decent hardware store. And as it won’t take up much more room in your home than the average pot plant, it makes weed cultivation viable even for those who live in a small apartment or a shared house.
Sounding good so far? Then read on for our lowdown on how to establish a thriving Space Bucket setup of your very own.
What do you need for a space bucket grow?
OK, so if you’re sold on the idea of setting up a Space Bucket weed growing system in your home, the first thing you’re going to need to do is get hold of the necessary equipment, tools and materials. You’ll need:
- 4 x 20 liter buckets with lids
- 6 x 23 watt mains powered lights
- 2 x 24-hour timer switches
- Reflective material (e.g. kitchen foil or white paper)
- Gaffer tape
- Growing soil
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Hairdryer with a latching on/off switch
- Ducting pipe – A length of 6.3 cm (generally sold as 63 mm)
- PC fan plus power supply
- Plant pot
- Round plastic tray which is wider in diameter than the buckets and at least 10cm in height
- Power strip
- Circuit breaker
- Cordless drill
- Retractable blade knife
- Metric ruler and compass set
As mentioned above, there’s nothing particularly specialist involved, and anything you don’t already have to hand will be easily available from your local home store. So that’s a relief!
How to grow in a space bucket?
Now that you’ve collected all the essentials, simply follow the steps below:
- Using the retractable blade knife, remove the bottom third of one of the buckets (note; keep hold of the bottom section of the bucket as you will need it later).
- Push another of the buckets through the now bottomless bucket and secure it in place using the gaffer tape, in effect creating a taller bucket. Alternatively, a taller bucket with the same diameter at the top can be used.
- Drill several 5 mm holes in the bottom of the taller bucket.
- Place another bucket inside the taller bucket.
- In the center of one of the bucket lids, draw a circle around the rim of the plant pot.
- Draw a second circle about 0.5 cm inside the first circle, and cut around this using the retractable knife (this will be used to hold the plant pot in place).
- Drill a sufficient number of 0.5 cm holes around the lid to allow air to circulate through it.
- Place the lid onto the top bucket, and secure the plant pot in the central hole (at this stage you can choose to plant your seed, however you might prefer to do this once your Space Bucket is complete).
- On the side of the taller bucket, draw a square around the PC fan.
- Using the retractable knife, cut around the square and use the resulting hole to fit the PC fan to the side of the taller bucket.
- Retrieve the bottom third of the bucket mentioned at the beginning of these instructions. Draw a straight line around its circumference about 6 cm from the bottom.
- Using the retractable knife, cut around the line.
- Remove the base of the section of bucket, resulting in a 6 cm high plastic ring.
- Using the retractable knife, cut several small notches along the bottom edge of the 6 cm high plastic ring (this will allow water to flow into your water collection container).
- Place the 6 cm high plastic ring into the round plastic tray (this will be your water collection container).
- Drill plenty of 0.5 cm holes in another bucket lid, and place it on top of the 6 cm high plastic ring. Congratulations, you have now created a stand for your Space Bucket!
- Place the taller bucket containing the standard sized bucket etc onto the stand.
- With the lid removed, turn your remaining bucket upside down.
- Using the retractable knife, cut a circular hole 6 cm in diameter in the center of the base of your remaining bucket.
- Cut a further six holes of a size suitable to hold the 23 watt mains powered lights around the central 6 cm hole.
- Using glue or double-sided tape, line the inside of this bucket with reflective material.
- Attach one end of the ducting pipe to the nozzle of the hairdryer using gaffer tape, then fit the other end to the central 6 mm hole in the base of the bucket mentioned in the preceding step.
- Fit the 23 watt mains powered lights into the surrounding holes.
- Cut a small hole at least 4 cm in diameter in the side of the upturned bucket (this will be used to water and feed your plant, and should be covered using gaffer tape when not in use).
- Place the upturned bucket on top of the lower half of your Space Bucket which you assembled earlier.
As you’ll no doubt agree, that’s more than enough steps for the time being! Provided everything has gone according to plan, your Space Bucket should now be complete. It’s now time for you to plant your seed if you haven’t done so already, and connect the electrical components using the power strip via the circuit breaker.
You’ll also need to use the timer switches to set the frequency of light and hot air. This should be adjusted according to the needs of the particular weed variety you have chosen (more on that subject in just a minute), and the capabilities of your equipment. And remember, keep that hairdryer on a low setting, and only use it in short bursts to avoid burn out!
Correctly monitoring your Space Bucket as your seeds grow towards maturity will require some fairly detailed research. As always, it is essential to ensure that your plant is watered regularly (not forgetting to empty that water collection container), and given plenty of light and nutrients.
Precisely how you water and feed your plant via the described gaffer tape covered hole will involve a degree of creativity. However, if you can’t source a suitable funnel, spray, or miniature watering can, as a last resort you could always simply carefully remove the top half of your Space Bucket when tending to your plant before replacing it once finished.
One final note; using the circuit breaker will go some way towards ensuring that your Space Bucket setup is safe, but it is nonetheless essential that you take sensible steps to ensure that you are fully protected. Your setup is your responsibility after all, so ask a more experienced grower for advice. And if you are not fully confident, you can always go back to the drawing board or even purchase a professionally made alternative.
Best strains to grow in a space bucket
Aside from your own personal preferences, the main thing you’ll need to bear in mind when deciding on which weed variety to grow in your Space Bucket is the fact that you’ll be limited to a fairly small single plant. So it makes sense to choose a good all-rounder which has a relatively high THC content and is capable of producing a decent yield.
Fortunately, today’s dynamic, innovative weed breeding industry has produced an enormous range of weed varieties which will fit the bill to a tee. To get you started, here are just a few which we recommend:
Probably the most famous strong weed strain in the world, and a regular champion at international cannabis competitions, Northern Lights needs no introduction. The original Northern Lights strain was first created in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1980s, before being finessed in the Netherlands a few years later.
The Autoflower version shares the standard strain’s classic mellow, euphoric high, while also offering the convenience associated with all autoflowering cannabis varieties. These two attributes make Northern Lights Autoflower an ideal candidate for use as a standalone Space Bucket plant.
|Levels||18% THC / 0.2% CBD|
|Variety||70% Indica / 10% Sativa / 20% ruderalis|
|Max yield indoor||400 to 500 grams/m²|
|Max yield outdoor||60 to 150 grams/plant|
|Flowering time||up to 63 days|
Packing all the punch of OG Kush but with an enjoyable psychedelic twist, Bubba Kush has become something of a cult favorite among discerning weed lovers across America and beyond. Developed in California back in the 1990s, this sublime Indica strain is an intoxicating blend of OG Kush and the mellower Bubblegum weed variety.
Having an impressive THC content of 20%, plus a compact branch formation which packs plenty of buds into a relatively small space, Bubba Kush would make a superb choice for your Space Bucket setup. With sweet, citrus-like flavors and aromas to complement its satisfying if somewhat heavy effects, Bubba Kush is one to savor.
|Levels||20% THC / 0.1% CBD|
|Variety||80% Indica / 20% Sativa|
|Max yield indoor||500 to 600 grams/m²|
|Max yield outdoor||600 to 800 grams/plant|
|Flowering time||up to 54 days|
Containing 40% Indica and 60% Sativa genetics, Pure Power Plant was first developed in South Africa. It offers all the benefits associated with a sativa strain while retaining the ease of growth more usually associated with Indica varieties. This includes a high level of resistance to fungal infections, and a relatively short flowering time.
Being both highly potent and steadfastly robust, it is often recommended as a safe bet for growers looking to get the best possible results from their Space Bucket setup. However, with a strong flavor, a high THC content of 20%, and a happy yet relaxing high, Pure Power Plant offers the savvy Space Bucket grower far more than mere convenience.