Cons of Hydro
Pros of Hydro
When it comes to hydroponic cannabis…
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
Cons of Hydro
Benefits of Hydro Over Soil
Hydroponics is when you grow your cannabis plant in an inert medium like coco or a reservoir of water, and provide all the nutrients to the plant directly in the water.
So there are five major parts to getting set up. You need….
Since every element is given in different amounts to the plants, it’s crucial to keep a quantity check on the solution.
Step 5: Test the system
The pH level of your nutrient solution shouldn’t exceed 6.0 for a cannabis plant. You can go up and down by 0.2 but anything beyond that can harm your boo.
A grow table collects the unabsorbed water from the plants, returning it to the reservoir through the dripper. Hence, your grow table should have a low-point where the dripper will be located to pass out all the excess water.
Microelements or Trace Elements
A reservoir or a water tank is where you add the nutrient solution and, its size depends on the size of your grow room. The air stone and water pump are placed inside the reservoir. A line from the air pump and the drainage line goes into the reservoir. The line from the water pump to the drip line and the power cord for the water pump will go out from the reservoir.
Your plants will require Nitrogen during the vegetative phase of growth and, it can be in the ratio of 20-20-20 or 12-6-6 with additional microelements.
Growing cannabis through hydroponics is tricky, but, once you get a knack of it, it’s worth all the efforts.
What are the best hydroponic nutrients for Marijuana?
Step 6: Insert the saplings
The amount of nitrogen that you are giving to your plants highly depends on the grow room temperature. If it’s below 80 degrees, the nitrogen amount should be higher. While if it’s more than that, the concentration of N can be less.
Monitoring: Part of the time investment involves near-constant monitoring of the garden to ensure the health of the plants. If one cannabis plant in a hydroponics system becomes diseased, the entire crop may fail and die. Damaging microorganisms also thrive in wet environments and could threaten the health of the plants before harvest time.
For outdoor growing at home, a sunlit patio or deck make ideal locations. But if you live in a cold climate, it would be better to keep your hydroponic cannabis garden inside. Otherwise, the plants will be subjected to the elements and vital water could evaporate if you do not consistently monitor nutrient solution levels.
Some benefits of hydroponic growing are easier nutrient delivery, faster growth rate, water conservation, space saving, and year-round growing. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Potency: Once you harvest the buds, there’s a good chance they’ll be more potent than if you had grown them in soil. Some dispensaries even charge a premium for buds grown in hydroponic systems.
Hydroponic growing is a horticultural method for growing crops, including cannabis, without the use of soil. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Technology: Hydroponics is a good method for the tech-savvy cultivator who understands that a power outage can spell disaster. Even if the system runs on a back-up generator, an extended outage could leave you watering your garden and administering plant food by hand.
What are the drawbacks of hydroponic systems?
As many benefits as hydroponic systems offer, the growing medium also comes with some potential disadvantages.
As a cannabis cultivator, you have an array of choices when it comes to growing your own herb at home — outdoor, indoor, and greenhouse cultivation, to name a few. But what about hydroponic growing mediums? Could this futuristic-sounding, soil-free method be the right solution for you? In this beginner’s guide to weed hydroponics, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start your own hydroponic garden at home.