How to build a space bucket

Published Jan 25, 2019 05:26 p.m. ET

 What is a space bucket? A space bucket is a cannabis garden that is created by stacking large containers in reach of light. Essentially an enclosed pot garden that could be used to grow almost any kind of plant but is mainly practiced by growers of cannabis. Space buckets are used because of their adaptable nature and because of their easy to use design allowing successful yields for even the most inexperienced marijuana growers.

DIY Space Bucket setup

A space bucket indoor grow operation can cost as little as $80 to start but can easily cost more depending on the number of buckets and lights required by the grower. To begin, you will need to purchase or find a few essential parts.

Tools/Material required

  • 2 or more large buckets with lids
  • Small grow light or waterproof bulb fixture (UFO or CFL bulb fixtures are recommended)
  • 1 fan
  • 1 light timer
  • Drill
  • Mylar
  • Glue
  • Electrical tape


  1. Begin by taking each bucket and drilling 4-6 small holes in the bottom of each one using a drill or Dremel.
  2. Line the inside of each bucket using mylar and glue. The reflective nature will assist the plants in obtaining as much light as possible.
  3. Cover the outside of each bucket in a black electrical tape rendering each one utterly light proof.
  4. Now you have completed the container base, and it is time to focus on airflow. 1 or 2 fans should be placed on opposing sides of where the buckets will be stacked and should also be attached to the timer that will control your lighting.
  5. You will need to install 1 light into each of the space buckets. You can do so using a drill, tin snips, or cutting tool the affix each light to the bottom of each cover with the wires running out the side of each lid to be plugged in and be out of the way when stacking.
  6. Set each bucket where it will be put to use and ensure all of your lights and timers function reliably before using.
  7. Now your buckets are ready to be used! Time to choose a strain and begin.

Space Bucket weed

When choosing a strain to grow in your space bucket, you will need to take several things into consideration. You will want to find a marijuana strain that offers an early flowering period. This will help with the second quality required which is a short overall stature. Space buckets are small when compared to the space a cannabis plant would usually be provided with to flourish properly. So, you will want to choose a type that stays as short as possible as well. Larger cannabis strains can be trained to fit into a space bucket set up by topping and training, but that is potentially a lot of extra work that could be avoided by simply choosing a more compatible strain to begin with.

Why should you use a Space Bucket?

Space buckets are one of the cheapest and easiest methods used to grow marijuana indoors. This is because the majority of the items needed can be found or sourced for reasonably cheap, and the bulbs can be switched out according to preference with little effort. Space buckets provide the ideal environment for a cannabis plant to thrive without any shelving and minimal concentrated amounts of light. This keeps hydro usage low, yields high, and is easy to get rid of or store when not in use.



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