So there are five major parts to getting set up. You need….
Differences Between Soil & Hydro
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.
When it comes to hydroponic cannabis…
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:
Cons of Hydro
Is Hydroponics Good for Growing 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
Usually constructed of plastic, tubing will be necessary to keep water circulating throughout the system, moving it between the reservoir and the plants. The plastic tubing will eventually have holes drilled into it and serve as a drip line.
This reservoir tank holds the water that circulates through the hydroponic grow system. The size of the tank depends on the size of the grow.
Growing hydroponically—or with soil—requires evaluating the water source used and making adjustments if necessary. Water adjustments may prove necessary with pH boosters and reducers.
Once you establish where you’ll be growing hydroponic cannabis, there is quite a bit of equipment to purchase and assemble. Have no fear, though, because there are a variety of retailers who are there to help with your purchases and questions.
Drip Line Emitters
Growing this way makes it easy to evaluate water quality and make nutritional adjustments quickly if needed. There are a variety of nutrients on the market, including organic solutions, that are appropriate for growing hydroponic cannabis and were designed specifically for this purpose. Like some soil nutrients, some hydroponic nutrients have additives that automatically adjust water pH, making meter readings and adjustments unnecessary.
Before we begin to describe how to set up a basic hydroponic cannabis cultivation operation, let’s define exactly what it means to grow plants hydroponically. The process of hydroponic cultivation is growing plants in nutrient solutions, usually with an inert medium like coco coir or gravel to provide support. Although some sort of medium is usually used, plants can actually grow straight into the nutrient-rich water, with only the roots submerged.
There is nothing new about hydroponic growing and the practice has a long history, so this method is not exactly modern, just less common among home cultivators. If you want to take a less conventional approach to your home grow, by all means try your hand at hydroponic cultivation and be the first among your circle of cannabis-growing friends to do so. Let’s discuss what you will need to begin a hydroponic cannabis garden.
Air Pump and Air Stone
If do-it-yourself projects aren’t your bag, there are other ways to grow hydroponic cannabis. Just like grow tents and cabinets made for growing cannabis in soil, there are all-in-one self-contained systems for hydroponic cultivation. For people just starting out with hydroponic cannabis cultivation, these systems make a lot of sense and are a great introduction to the hydronic-growing process.
The air pump should always be running to guarantee the water is agitated and well oxygenated. You want the water to be oxygenated and moving.