Hydroponic Cannabis: All Things Considered
Definitions first: What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponic cannabis gets grown in a nutrient-rich water solution instead of soil. Hydroponic cannabis is a versatile growing method, where using mediums range from clay pellets to only air, or in deep water buckets. What will will not find anywhere near a hydroponic cannabis grow, is soil.
The Pros Of Hydroponic Cannabis Growing – Why Do It?
Growing cannabis in soil undoubtedly has many advantages. Some pros include the fact that hydroponic cannabis plants tend to grow taller, faster and provide larger yields overall. There are many reasons why people want to get into hydroponic growing, and below we’ve compiled a list of these:
- Water promotes faster growth. Plants grow faster with hydroponics because it’s a more efficient way of growing. In fact, most experts agree that plants will grow at least 20% faster with hydroponics as compared to soil.
- As to exactly why hydroponics produce bigger yields, no one knows for sure, yet. But the fact of the matter remains that one can expect and increase of 20-25% in hydro yields as compared to growing in soil.
- Perhaps you don’t have any outside area to grow in. This is where a hydro system is truly ideal – because you don’t need soil. Hydroponics save space. Period.
- It saves water – go figure. In short, you can save about 90% of your water by switching to hydro growing.
- One of the most tedious activities for many gardeners, is cleaning their gardens and pulling out unwanted weeds. With hydroponic cannabis growing, there’s no having to deal with weeds.
- Because you’re not using soil, the possibility of soil-borne diseases and pests is minimized.
The Cons of Hydroponic Cannabis Growing
- Installing a hydroponic system isn’t cheap
- More supervision is required
- Mistakes and system malfunctions affect plants faster, without soil acts as a buffer
- Hydroponic gardens may be affected by unforeseen power outages
- It requires the use of better quality water
- Waterborne diseases spread quickly
Growing Hydroponics – In a Nutshell
Growing hydroponic marijuana is slightly more complex than putting a pot of soil on your balcony and hoping for the best. But whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, the most popular systems include the ebb & flow and deep-water culture systems. The following list of equipment is essential to any hydroponic setup…
- Equipment Needed to Grow Hydroponics
- Grow tent
- Hydroponic reservoir and tray
- Lighting hangars
- Growing medium (more on this below)
- Hydroponic nutrients
- Pump and airstone
- Net mesh planting pots
- Carbon filter
- Duct tubes and ventilation fan
- Oscillating fan
- pH and PPM meters