Some swear by growing in deep water culture, while others swear by aeroponics soil-less cultivation, and obviously each has their own distinct advantages.
Is “hybrid hydroponics” the wave of the future? Quite possibly so, with a foot firmly planted in both the ebb and flow – and deep water culture worlds, hybrid hydroponics produces a greater yield of flower in a smaller square footage of space, while utilizing less water and nutrients and providing easier maintenance and cleanup.
While all systems very… This is the one that worked best for me.
A 4’ x 4’ hydroponic tray with the top, the top of this tray should come with 16 – 5” inch holes cut symmetrically into it.
Having your cuttings already prepared… after establishing sufficient roots throughout the cloning stage in Rockwool, then having been placed in 5 inch mesh cups filled with “Hydro ton”, which can be easily purchased at any of the many hydroponic shops found online. Place your 16 surefire females in their 5 inch mesh cups in your hydroponic tray top.
Keeping in mind that each grow room has its own nuance, go ahead and set up a drip system with the end emitters removed, leaving the 1/4-inch water line unobstructed, so that it can supply a steady flow of nutrient rich water to the plants roots.
As a general rule of thumb I tend to use general hydroponics for valve, dual diaphragm air pumps. You may have your favorite, feel free to use them. The purpose of this air pump is to push air through the 4 -8” inch air stones, providing well oxygenated water. Within the hydroponic tray / reservoir we create a diamond shaped formation with the air stones as it relates to the 4 x 4 tray.
As you may have noticed we have incorporated several methods of hydroponic cultivation into this one hybrid system. Your typical top and bottom systems require a larger volume aqueous nutrient solution. With this modified system only requiring an average of 7/2 to 9 gallons for feeding and maintaining all 16 plants. Some of your more nutrient hungry bucket systems may require as much as double that amount of water and nutrients for the same number of plants.
The savings in green on H2o will add up to a nice chunk of change over time. Of course the obvious due diligence needs to be applied in maintaining the water level of your hydroponic tray/reservoir, on average I would probably estimate adding 1 to 3 gallons every 5 to 7 days.
As many that have experimented with different hydroponic systems come to find out there are pluses and minuses for each system. Some swear by growing in deep water culture, while others swear by aeroponics soil-less cultivation, and obviously each has their own distinct advantages. The ultimate goal here was to achieve the maximum convenience of a halo, or drip system without the unwanted headaches.
Providing nutrients and water on a 24/ 7 basis, similar to that of deep water culture or aeroponics while also enjoying the benefits an N.F.T. (nutrient film technique) system, similar to the sub current culture systems offered online. Unlike the online version we have eliminated virtually all tubing and buckets, therefore eliminating potential areas of headache and accidental leakage. Also further eliminating any potential wasted nutrients.