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    Default perlite and strange situation

    Starting 12/12. Transplanting from 1-2 gall Veggie to 3 gallon. Im putting 3 gallon pots into 5 gallon pots (all soil) allowing the roots that will come to go down into the 5 gallon. Now that Im about to begin the transplant, Should i put PERLITE into the bottom of the 3 gallon pots? Would that increase the ability to get the roots seeking deeper paths for moisture? Or wud the Perlite hinder that?
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    Im not really sure I undertand..
    your putting a gallon filled inside a 5 gallon thats filled?
    could you clarify this..

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    Default it can be confusing

    I am growing in 3 gallon pots but find that I get better harvest if the roots can grow "down" thru the bottom of the pot into another soil - in this case another larger pot (5 gallon) filled with old dirt.

    Anyway, I had to transplant yesterday, so i decidede to fill the bottoms of the 3 gal pots with at least an inch of perlite on the bottom. I am hoping the roots will work thru the perlite and drainage holes and go into the soil beneath it

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    How big are these plants man? 3 gal is all I use to finish. Just from the stand point of how the plant gets fed thru the soil, maybe the perlite on the bottem might dry out to quickly. There are guys that put it on top to keep the fungas nats at bay. Never tried it tho. Wish I could be more help.

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    I put perlite or hydroton at the bottom for better drainage but I think this kinda air prunes the roots so you don't get that girdling effect of the big twisted roots on the bottom.

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