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Hydroponic growing is one of the most effective ways to produce far more amounts than ever before! There are many different ways to grow, but the best method for beginner growers has always been the Deep Water Culture method (DWC).

What is Hydroponic Cannabis?

 
Hydroponic cannabis is when a plant is grown in a water-based system that contains nutrient-enriched water. It can be grown in a variety of mediums such as clay, air, or even “aquaponics” which utilize a fertilized ecosystem.

Hydroponics vs Soil: What’s The Difference?

 
Soil is made up of organic materials found throughout Earth’s surface. Most of these come from falling leaves, insects, and any biodegradable material.
In the natural world, plants rely on the nutrients from these decomposing materials to help them grow. In most cases, the soil is made up of millions of years of the decomposing matter!
With a hydroponics setup, the nutrients are manually added into specific quantities. These are much more accessible which allows the plants to send more energy from the main stem throughout the rest of the plant.

How To Grow With Hydroponics

 
This process requires a few extra steps in the setup process. You are no longer taking a pot full of soil, throwing seeds in, and praying for rain. On top of that, there are a number of different hydroponic systems available to fit your needs! The one that you will utilize is called the “Deep Water Culture” system and requires a large bucket of water that becomes churned by the use of air stones. This is the easiest method and the perfect system for beginner growers!

What Is The Best Grow Medium?

Air:
Plant roots are typically meant to be covered in soil., fortunately, technology has advanced to the point where growth doesn’t necessarily require it. In this process, the root system is sprayed with water that has the appropriate mixture of nutrients involved. This method is not for someone starting out, but it can give you an idea to further your education.
Clay Pebbles:
Clay is often used due to its ability to deliver large swaths of oxygen to the root structure and can retain large levels of nutrients and water. Once that is done, its porous nature helps to cycle through this process effortlessly.
Coco Coir:
This medium utilizes crushed and ground-up coconut bits. As this can naturally occur in soil, the process is similar. As the coconut husk evolved to protect the inner layer of coconut from external elements, this works as a perfect system for germinating your seeds!
Perlite:
Perlite is infused with volcanic materials and air. Combine these two and you have a porous glass that retains high levels of oxygen. These components are often added to soil in order to increase aeration. The only downside is that perlite has absolutely zero water retention properties.
Rockwool:
This is by far the most common use for germination. While other components might specialize in one or two areas, Rockwool provides the perfect medium for developing your seeds into strong and durable plants.

Analyzing Deep Water Culture

 
A deep water culture system utilizes a large reservoir that is designed to hold a large level of water. The larger the volume of water, the more abundant your plant will become. This also helps relieve some of the stress of accurately checking your pH levels consistently. This requires the majority of your root ball to be submerged in water at all times. This method is the easiest method for beginner growers!

Using The Right Nutrients

 
When you are searching for the correct nutrients, a good rule of thumb is to select boosters that are meant specifically for hydroponics. There are a lot of bottles on the market, and many of them are specifically tailored for soils such as guano and blood meal. These nutrients can undo the balance that has already been implemented into the hydroponic process.
Hydroponic Nutrients provide the right minerals that are “chelated”. This means that they are specifically designed for your plant roots to absorb more easily. When searching for the right nutrients, you’ll want to use a 2-1-6 balance to adequately grow your plants.