The debate on whether to use soil or hydroponics is one that many beginner growers come across. While they both have their advantages, the beginner grower should be informed as to which method will produce results and which will be easier to manage.
Throughout this lesson, we will give you an in-depth review to help you make a better decision.
Soil Vs Hydroponics: Time
The amount of time that you have dedicated to your first grow is important. For most beginner growers, having the right soils can be easy enough to manage. With the soil method, the amount of time you dedicate to monitoring your plants is significantly less than the amount necessary to grow with hydroponics.
This is, of course, if you are using the right soil. One of the biggest reasons customers choose The Budgrower is due to the fact that we provide some of the best Super Soil on the market. Our soil provides the appropriate measurements and ph levels to help maintain the effectiveness of growth in your plants.
Now, this isn’t to say that other soils will work, but with those soils, you may need to do a bit more research into what their Ph levels are. Monitoring the oh level is one of the most important things to do when growing for the first time.
With high-quality super soil, you simply need to plant your seed and provide water every day/other day depending on the dampness of the soil.
With hydroponics, this method may require more time to monitor your plants. Many make the mistake that the hydroponic method is a “set it and forget it” deal. We are here to inform you that it isn’t. Every day you need to check both the water levels and the ph levels and adjust your nutrient intake accordingly. This isn’t to say that the process is difficult, but if you are looking to relax while your plants grow, then this might be a method that you can implement once you get down the basics.
Still, hydroponics provides a more abundant harvest as opposed to traditional soil.
Soil Still Has The Issue Of Natural Elements.
While it is still an easier method to adopt. Soil can still create instances where you will be dealing with unnecessary pests. Now, this can happen with even hydro, but the issue can be significantly less burdensome to deal with. Whichever the case, using NEEM oil or vinegar and water will help alleviate your plants and rid them of crop-killing gnats and mites.
This same process can be used for hydro but because there is no living soil, the risk of having a large gnat or mite infestation is drastically smaller. Still, using NEEM oil or vinegar will help alleviate your plants from the threat of these pests.
Hydroponics Are Still More Scientific.
On the other side of the spectrum, using hydroponics will increase your yield significantly. If you have had a few grows under your belt, then you might want to take a look at the next steps in order to further your education. In this case, hydro is a great solution!
If you are going to take this route, other than the time dedicated to monitoring your hydro ph balance, you need to know how much nutrients to give you pants every day. We have a guide in terms of how to monitor your hydroponic garden with the appropriate nutrients here.
Once again, the choice of using either method will provide an adequate harvest. Its up to you to decide if you are willing to put roe time into your plants for hydro or you want to solidify your knowledge on the basics with traditional soil.
Take a look at our Hydroponic Grow Kits and Soil Grow Kits for more information, or browse our entire selection of Grow Kits.