Hydroponics Or Soil For Growing Marijuana ?

by jbmail on September 15, 2015

Comparison between soil and indoor growth
Ever since, medical marijuana has been legalized for those who require it, people have been looking towards growing it indoors, and outdoors too. However, one very convenient way to grow marijuana is hydroponically, using nutrient solutions in water. Firstly, you don’t need soil to grow marijuana hydroponically, and therefore any soil-borne pests can be avoided. The water used in the solutions is recycled and reused, reducing both water costs and wastage. Along with water costs, you can also restrict nutrient costs by controlling the amount and quality of nutrients you add to your solution. Due to automation, you can put in fewer efforts and gain higher and stable yields. There is lesser space required to set up the plant, and poses no damages either. However, there are a few disadvantages too; for one, you need to monitor the plant on a daily basis, along with high initial costs. When growing marijuana, you just need to be careful of four basic factors: light, pH, atmosphere and temperature.
When plants are grown conventionally, using soil, the soil naturally contains a few of the nutrients and rest can be added later on while in a hydroponic system, the water solution is made by mixing all the required nutrients and feeding the roots directly. Hydroponically grown plants also grow faster as compared to those grown in soil, because the roots aren’t cluttered with soil, and therefore possess more energy to utilize for growth instead of struggling with the soil and looking for nutrients. It needs to be understood that marijuana can be grown perfectly in both soil and water, but hydroponic systems demand a higher initial investment, which can also seem complicated while setting up. Nonetheless, if you set up a hydroponic plant correctly, it offers greater control and stability over the quality of yield and pace. The benefits of hydroponic systems overshadow the benefits of soil mediums.
Hydroponic nutrient solutions can be created in a lot of ways. There are different methods used for providing this nutrient solution.
1) Passive method: this is the simplest form of hydroponic gardening which allows you to control the usage of nutrient solutions by plants for example wick systems that use Styrofoam trays which float on top of nutrient solutions.
2) Flood and Drain method: it is also a very easy method which used growing trays or pots that are filled with nutrient solutions to the brink which are then drained back into reservoir tanks. This method requires a pump and a constant supply of nutrient solution to keep it from running dry.
3) Drip System methods: this method requires the use of a timer, which is started when timing the pump on. There are two basic kinds, recovery and non-recovery. Recovery drip systems collect the excess runoff while the non-recovery ones do not.
Hydroponic gardening is easy and convenient, once you learn the basics and set up a plant. It will definitely pay off!

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