Thoughts on shallow, wider pots? Sea of Green

 
 

I’m thinking down the road to my first major investment in lighting. The choices between HID, T5, LED, CFL.

I am leaning towards T5, sea of green. Starting with a 2’x4′ cabinet as short as I can make it. Then as I continue, adding more and more cabinets floor to ceiling.

I’m trying to plan ahead here. I’m thinking if I use short wide pots that would help keep plant height low and bushy right?

Thinking something like 3" high pots, but 6"x6" wide squares. Could fit 4 deep and 8 across, so 32 plants per shelf under 4′ T5 bulbs. The ultimate goal of mine would be short plants (under 1′) that yield 1/4oz each. Do you think thats viable? Do you think with proper planning you could make a growbox no higher then 2′ tall to take plants through the full flowering process?

The biggest problem I see is keeping plants extremely short. I hear they triple in height during flowering, so even if you threw clones directly into flower they’d probably still grow to over a foot. I think short wide pots might help, letting the roots grow outward instead of vertically DOWN. A wider shorter root system could support a wider shorter canopy right? I’m kind of new at all this. Just trying to maximize the space I have. Also would it help to take really really short clones? I know the average clone height is like 4" but can you take like 2" clones and still do OK?

Basically would short, wide pots actually encourage horizontal root growth and wider canopy? Or would roots just hit bottom too fast and cause negative issues with the plant?
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