Switching to fabric pots next grow, how should I set my bags up?

-What strain, Seed bank, or bag seed (photo or auto) Photo, Green Crack, don’t know origin, seeds handed off to me by neighbor leaving state and moving where it is illegal to grow.
-Age of plant Getting ready to start seeds
-Method: Soil w/salt, Organic soil, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, KNF Organic soil
-Vessels: Type and capacity of container (fabric, plastic, etc) Fabric 5 gal
-PH and TDS of Water, Solution, runoff (if Applicable) None yet
-PPM/TDS or EC of nutrient solution if applicable Ditto
-Method used to measure PH and TDS Hydroponics color test kit
-Indoor or Outdoor if indoor, size of grow space 4’x4’x80" tent in garage
-Light system List brand and wattage/spectrum CMH 315
-Actual wattage draw of lights ???
-Current Light Schedule Will be new grow
-Temps; Day, Night 70-75 and low has been 59, but winter is coming fast
-Humidity; Day, Night 33-45 day, night can get up in the sixties when tent is closed up. Even with exhaust fan running.
-Ventilation system; Yes, No, Size yes, 6" + 3 additional 6" fans
-AC, Humidifier, De-humidifier, not yet
-Co2; Yes, No no

I am currently using plastic 3 gal pots, next grow coming up I have in hand 5 gal fabric pots to use. Not sure how or what to layer in fabric pots. My seedlings get seedling mix, that goes into first pot using Organic Black Gold, and I am considering using my homemade compost pile compost when I transplant to 5 gal bag. Sampled it this past summer on some marigolds to see how it would do. End of season and back in the greenhouse to die pic attached. I microwave all my soil before using. Should I be putting maybe a coconut fiber mat in the bottom? Can I water these bags in a tray to be soaked up by plants? I generally top water when I use nutrient mix/water, bottom water just plain water. after top watering and top soil drying I dust a coating of DE till the next top water. I usually try to use rain water or melted snow for water. Learned the hard way about PH, so any tap water gets PH corrected, same for any water used to flush plants.

Also I will mention that I just got a digital therm/hydro about 4 days ago, and am looking at adding a set of Vivosun PH & TDS pens (Amazon has a set on special for 17.99 I believe. Are these pen sensors any good?)


Use as you would any pot. The major benefit of cloth is root binding and moisture control. Hard to overwater. They do fine in catch trays. A good practice is a perlite or some other aerating substance mixed in. Other than that it is a pot.


Thanks for the reply.

Moisture control is what caused the switch. So trying them out.

The soil I use comes with perlite, and has worked nicely for veg stage in the smaller pot.

So when I get to the stage of the fabric pot, I just use my mix of compost, last years soil, and add some perlite (that’s what I did with the marigolds I used to sample my compost pile), reading posts on this site, I think I will mix in some DE in the mix to start too.


Yep, it’s just another pot, and growing pot is easy, after all, it’s just a weed.

But if I learn to grow like you folks, I should be able to grow some good stuff to burn in my retirement. And it looks to be a nice challenge too!


I would go with Apera or blue lab meters. I had vivoson first time around and they were not accurate so went with suggestions i got from this wonderful family of growers.


Don’t leave pots sitting in their water. Use a riser.


Fabric pots is a great choice , I do recommend Riser for better drainage and air flow under the pot. :v::+1: