Benefits of Hydro Over Soil
Have you seen cannabis plants growing with their roots just floating in a reservoir of water? This type of hydroponics is known as Deep Water Culture (DWC), and has been around for over a 100 years! As more growers gain experience with this medium, DWC has become increasingly popular for growing cannabis. Hydroponic setups are really neat and offer some big benefits over growing in soil!
Growing in coco coir can be considered a type of hydroponics since it naturally contains no nutrients and you must provide all the nutrients in the water. However, when you say “hydroponics” most people think of this:
Today I’ll teach you how to set up your hydroponic reservoir for growing cannabis, and I’ll show you what you need to do each day for optimum growth 🙂
So there are five major parts to getting set up. You need….
Differences Between Soil & Hydro
Hydro is a no-brainer for me. Whenever I go back to a hand-watered grow like coco coir, I am always surprised by how much extra time it takes to water plants and remove the runoff. The most intimidating part of hydro is just getting started – after that it’s actually really easy to take care of your plants. In my opinion, hydro is far easier and less time consuming than growing in soil or coco coir once you’re set up. If you are interested in hydro, go for it! If you follow this tutorial you will succeed!
Smaller and more compact strains are ideal for indoor hydroponic systems. Beginning with a smaller strain is advantageous for several reasons. For one, it will let you cultivate several plants within a smaller space, allowing for more diversity and potentially bigger yields. Additionally, if your plants do go through a growth spurt, you’ll have room to deal with such sudden surges in height.
When thinking about hydroponics, you might picture a high-tech setup: automated switches, flashing lights, ticking timers. However, the cost of a hydroponic system all depends on how much money you’re willing to splash. They range from a simple plastic bucket all the way to self-draining and flooding systems. To save time, invest in a cheap hydroponic starter kit. These include all of the materials you need to get from seed to harvest. You can purchase one for around £200 (€235).
b) Lighting hangers
D) Keep Things Clean To Avoid Contamination
Passive hydroponic systems feature minimalist designs. They use low-tech methods to deliver water and nutrients to cannabis roots without using additional electricity.
It depends on what system you’re using. Kratky systems don’t require any hand watering at all. Wick systems that use soil are often superior to hand watering, as the slow and steady delivery of water into the medium helps to reduce overwatering. However, they sometimes fail to provide enough water to large and thirsty plants, meaning growers may need to occasionally intervene with a watering can.
If you’re drawn to active hydroponic systems, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Below are two strains that we recommend for hydroponic growing.
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