The creator of fantastic strains such as Bogglegum, Sweet Cindy, Lifesaver and Grape Punch, BushyOldGrower is known for his helpfulness online and his love of organically grown medicinal marijuana. His forthcoming book, Bonanza of Green, outlines his unique techniques for growing connoisseur-quality cannabis.
Story & Photos by BushyOldGrower
Elevated Double Potting
For many years, I have taught my simple organic method of indoor growing at overgrow.com as BushyOldGrower. “BOG” is also short for “Bonanza of Green,” which is my simple two-room system.
My method of Elevated Double Potting evolved from an accidental discovery. In order to raise a shorter plant up into the usable light, I used a second, older pot. The plant rooted down into the soil of the old but larger pot, and the result was a very nice-yielding bush. When harvested, I noticed that both pots were fastened securely together by the roots.
Incorporating this principle, I started by cutting out the bottoms of 2-gallon pots, then placing them on the surface of another, larger pot of dirt. This is what I call “Elevated Double Potting.” Cutting the bottoms from pots is wasteful, however, and the best method doesn’t require it. Simply remove the rootbound plant from its pot and place it on top of new soil in a bigger container. This method isn’t rocket science but simply involves any number of transplants, with each being partially elevated.
Often growers prefer less transplanting, but a few principles should be understood. If you just plant a seed in a large pot, it takes a long time to root and eventually grow. That plant will most likely still end up rootbound by the time it has flowered. Generally, rootbound plants will slow in their growth. This is true during the vegetative stage as well as the first half of flowering.
A last transplant in late veg or early flowering will do a lot to improve yields. Health and vigor are more easily maintained with well-timed transplants. This will return more in yields than careful feeding or pH control. Often, the reason a flowering plant’s leaves yellow too early is due to sickly roots. Plants in pots hate it when they can’t spread out.