For many growers, hydroponic systems offer the best way to produce potent, high-quality plants. With a well-planned system, you can create the ideal conditions for growing all your favorite marijuana strains – and this guide explains all the benefits of using water and other media to support your plants.
What Is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a method of growing marijuana (and other plants) without soil. In a hydroponic system, you use media such as sand, gravel, water, and air to support your plants. Because plants can thrive with the right mix of nutrients, minerals, space, and moisture in an artificial growing environment, and because growing this way is more sustainable and efficient, hydroponics may be the right choice for you.
Types of Hydroponic Grows
The is to circulate a formulated plant food through an artificial growing bed. Here’s a primer on some of the most popular design terms:
- Aeroponics uses supportive structures for the roots to stay open to the air, with occasional misting of nutrients. You can set roots in contained spaces or aerated substrates such as rock wool.
- Deep water culture refers to safely submerging roots in a continually flowing nutrient solution.
- Ebb and flow, wick, and nutrient film technique systems alternate draining and flooding roots to stimulate growth.
- Drip and top feed features utilize gravity to deliver nutrients.
What Are the Benefits of Hydroponic Growing?
Reliable quality means hydroponic weed is a preferred source for growers, marijuana connoisseurs, and the medical marijuana industry. Water conservation, elimination of chemicals, and increased production rate make it a sustainable and profitable harvest.
The most notable benefits of hydroponic growing include:
- Control over growing conditions
- Superior product quality
- Efficiency and fast growth
- Variety and versatility
Here’s a closer look at each.
Control Over Growing Conditions
One of the most significant advantages of using a hydroponic system is that you have much more control over the flow of water, nutrients, and oxygen levels. Adjusting nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium can maximize each stage of the growing process and create bigger yields.
Hydroponic systems are efficient, and they enable plants to reach full maturity in safe, healthy spaces. These systems produce better buds in less space without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
Efficiency and Fast Growth
High-potency marijuana is easy to produce without soil in a well-designed system. Hydroponic marijuana plants tend to mature faster and allows growers to harvest flowers with terpenes up to six times a year. Optimal growing conditions result in plants that bloom quickly and reliably, and a steady harvest of buds means affordable weed for consumers.
Variety and Versatility
Hydroponic systems are efficient, and improved production means a greater variety of helpful phytochemicals from more strains. Growers can rotate strains and experiment with new ones more easily when growing hydroponically.
Affordable THC and CBD
The nature of hydroponic growing techniques means more upfront cost, but overall, costs are lower and production is more reliable. Typically, hydroponic systems require a lot less labor to run efficiently. High-quality yields and less overhead mean more affordable weed for consumers.