When growing marijuana with hydroponics, the plants are grown in a solution of water and nutrients and this can always be done with or without the presence of other inert medium, such as grow wood, soil, rocks or sand. In its simplest definition, growing marijuana with hydroponics implies growing it without soil.
What are the Benefits of Using Hydroponics For Cannabis Seed Germination & Flowering?
Marijuana plants will grow happy and healthy when they are supplied with exactly what they need, at the correct amounts and at the precise moments they need it. With soil, achieving this is not always easy because the soil ecosystem comes with changing soil pH, bacteria as well as the quantities of nutrients, of which growers have no control over.
Soil does not provide you with a way to vary all these components hence you have very little control on the growth of the marijuana. With hydroponics, however, there is a greater control over the variable and it becomes easy to grow the marijuana Just as you want to.
Choosing a medium for your Marijuana Seeds, Clones & Plants
The first consideration when thinking about growing weed with hydroponics should be whether or not to use an inert material. Should you choose to use one, then you should also consider choosing and procuring the specific type you desire. For instance, there are several forms of inert materials you could use on your hydroponics and these include but not limited to sand and gravel.
These are the most basic and commonly used mediums and though they are easy to procure, they are very difficult to clean and you cannot reuse them. The other medium available for your consideration include coco, cubes, oasis, and rockwool.
If you decide to go without any medium, then you may consider the nutrient film technique for hydroponics. Also known as NFT, it is whereby the plant’s roots will be in constant direct contact with a moving film of water enriched with vitamins. In such a case, a landscaping fabric or other medium may be used to cover the roots so as to block direct contact with light.
Choosing the right set up for your hydroponic
When considering growing weed in hydroponic, you should be very specific on the set up and choose only the one that meets your unique needs. Though you may have the luxury of purchasing a kit with everything you need, this will always be the expensive route. An alternative approach would be to determine your needs then create a customized kit by choosing only the components, equipment and the specific material you need.
How to prepare the materials
Irrespective of the set up chosen, the initial preparation of the set up will be the same. For instance, all the materials must be sterilized to kill bacteria. This is normally done using a mixture of peroxide, water and alcohol. Once the materials are sterilized, you can follow the instruction of the particular system to prep accordingly. Once the system is prepped, the plants can then be placed to start the growth process.
The real work with growing weed with hydroponics begins after the system is set up and the plants are placed on it to grow. There are certain sets of actions which must be conducted in a daily and weekly basis to ensure the happy growth of the weed. These include testing the pH, inspecting the plants and the equipments, sterilizing the equipment and checking for diseases amongst others.