When it comes to growing marijuana, you generally have two main options for the type of grow that you can set up: soil or hydroponics. If you choose to do a hydroponic grow, then there are also many different hydroponic methods that you can choose from. This may include grow mediums such as sand, gravel, pure water, or even coco coir, a natural fiber found in the coconut husk.
These grow mediums are inert, meaning that they will not provide any nutrients to the marijuana plant. In a hydroponic setup, it is the grower’s job to give the plants everything they need.
The Pros of Growing Marijuana in a Hydroponic Setup
One of the main reasons that growers may choose to use a hydroponic setup for their grow is that it allows for a faster harvest when compared to soil grows. Furthermore, the harvest is not only faster with hydroponics, but generally results in higher yields as well, making it worth all of your time and effort in the long run.
Cannabis can grow faster and more abundantly in a hydroponic setup because an attentive grower can provide the best conditions possible. Though plants naturally grow in soil, they don’t actually need the soil itself in order to grow, but rather the nutrients that are available in it. Hydroponics gives the grower complete control over nutrients, allowing them to provide optimum amounts during different growing stages.
Using hydroponics instead of soil also dramatically cuts the risk of soil-borne illnesses and pests, ultimately leading to a healthier crop. This also means that hydroponically grown marijuana is less likely to have been treated with pesticides, fungicides, or other harmful chemicals. Another advantage to using hydroponics is that if any problems do arise during a grow, then they are usually able to be quickly and easily corrected.
The Cons of Growing Marijuana in a Hydroponic Setup
Though hydroponics has some clear advantages over a soil grow, it is usually best left to experienced growers, as a lot of things can go wrong if not done properly.
The hydroponics grower not only needs to know the proper nutrients and the proper amount of nutrients to feed their plants, but they also need to base this on the exact type of strain they are dealing with. This makes it all too easy to either overdose or underdose the plants, which can lead to health issues.
Hydroponic systems also require quite a bit more effort than soil grows in terms of sanitation. Growers who aren’t ready to put in the work will likely encounter algae in their grow mediums, and may even end up having to deal with water-borne plant diseases. Whatever grow medium is being used must be thoroughly flushed at least twice a week in order to prevent salt buildup.
Finally, a good hydroponics setup is also going to be costly. Though the payoff can definitely be worth it, the initial investment may be hard for many growers to handle, especially if they are beginners.