In order to grow cannabis plants properly in hydroponic set ups, you’ll need to maintain a few parameters in order as consistently as possible. For example, you’ll need to keep your water at around 22-26°C for optimal oxygen and nutrient absorption. When growing in soil this parameter isn’t as crucial, although it still needs to be adjusted.
When grown in soil or peat substrates and in flowerpots, plants grow independently – only when grown in separate flowerpots, of course. The only thing they share with the rest of the plants is the nutrient solution you use to feed them.
Hydroponics vs Soil – do you know the difference between the two? Obviously there are more than one, and in this short post we’re going to go over the differences between growing cannabis plants hydroponically or in soil indoors; how much they yield, how flavor and aroma is affected and how general plant growth differs.
This allows for strict control over your plants individually, so you can give each one its own treatment, allowing you to get rid of ill plants or problematic plants without affecting the rest.
The main reason that plants grown in aquatic media don’t produce many terpenes, and therefore have less intense aromas, is the water itself. Due to having developed in a constantly humid environment, the plant doesn’t go through the natural short periods of drought that other plants do, which is what increases terpene production.
Like we were saying before, hydroponic growing is much more delicate than growing in soil, but it definitely has its benefits. Your plants will grow much faster in hydroponics, and they’ll also be capable of producing much larger yields. It also saves quite a lot when it comes to electricity and water bills, as your plants will be ready to harvest much earlier.
Hydroponics, however, is a totally different story. All plants grown hydroponically get the exact same food and water. This means that if one of your plants ends up with an illness or fungi on its roots, it will most likely spread to the rest of your plants. That’s why you need to be incredibly cautious when it comes to keeping your plants’ roots clean when growing hydroponically.
Another disadvantage to growing hydro cannabis plants is the fact that you need to constantly monitor the water and your plants to see how they react to their feed. If left to their own devices, you may end up with no plants at all. This is due to the fact that any issues are accelerated, just like growth is, in hydroponics. If you don’t have much experience, we recommend starting with soil and then try out one or two plants in hydroponics.
Another advantage when it comes to growing hydroponically is the fact that you can effectively “reuse” your substrate. Clay balls are incredibly easy to clean, however peat or soil substrates can’t really be reused as they’re incredibly hard to clean; another money saver!
In this article we talk about hydroponics vs soil – the advantages and disadvantages of growing in each medium when it comes to cannabis plants and yield.
Deep Water Culture is a method of growing which uses a bucket of nutrients, also called bubblers. The plants are suspended over the nutrients as the roots grow into the nutrients below. The bubblers’ mixture is filled with air using an aquarium pump and pays off by speeding up the growtime. The oxygen and fertilizer enriched mixture work wonders for the end product.
Cannabis plants prefer rich soil that allows for maximum drainage, in fact, many growers switch out soil for perline to increase drainage. Nutrient rich materials like earthworm castings or manure can be added to improve the health of your greens and make sure the crop gets everything it needs. Plants absorb nutrients from soil, so during the flowering stage it’s important to use just the right kind and amount of nutrients to maximize your yields and prevent any a nutrient deficiency. Even with the best soil you will still need to supplement some nutrients to maximize your results.
The drip irrigation system feeds each plant individually in its own chamber. Nutrients are administered by a dripper, and then the solution is recycled, much like the already mentioned methods. Each plant is located in separate chambers where the nutrients are fed to the medium by means of a small dripper.
Aeroponics uses a grow chamber to suspend roots in the air with no medium inside of a closed-loop system. Water, rich with nutrients, douses the bases of these plants as they hang in the air. By providing an oxygen-rich environment, the microbes on the plant are able to digest and process the nutrients for its circulatory system.
Hydroponic systems come in different forms, here are the top 5 common forms: aeroponics, deep water culture, drip irrigation, nutrient film technique, and ebb-and-flow.
C annabis, like many plants, can be grown in more than one way. Most people think of roots growing in soil, but hydroponics offers the ability to work in smaller spaces with more control over your green’s food source. If you’re looking for flavor and forgiveness in the occasional mistake, take up the traditional soil method. Of course, any experienced grower will have a preference with first-hand accounts of why they stick with their technique. If you’re looking to plant a marijuana seed and help it grow, there are a few things you should consider before planning things out.
Friday November 6, 2015
Hydroponics is growing cannabis by using any growing medium other than soil. These alternatives (which are often combined) include gravel, coco coir, sand, mister air, vermiculite, peat moss, perlite, hydroton, and/or just water. During the entire process you must provide the plant with all its nutrients by way of its water supply.
The Nutrient Film Technique is a hydroponic method which involves a nutrient solution being pumped onto a tray or gulley to form a shallow and slow moving film that moves through the plant’s roots. These roots grow into the solution, creating a large root mat in the tray. Having round the clock access to water and nutrients along with more than enough oxygen for the roots, makes for rapid development with maximum yields.
The two main ways to grow cannabis are with soil and soil-less hydroponics. See the pros and cons of each as well as the 5 most common types of hydroponic systems.