All of the techniques discussed below have the potential to bring forth wonderful results if you do it right. It’s hard to say what the best growing medium for cannabis is because all of them have their strong and weak sides. But there is certainly a growing medium that is best for you, that will suit your needs perfectly. The variety of mediums for cannabis ranges from soil to complex air structures, so read on to learn more about each one.
Oftentimes, a grow medium isn’t the main factor, whereas getting seeds of high yield cannabis strains can be the key to success (heavy harvests). Ultimately, you can choose between soil or a hydroponic system if you wish to grow weed at home. A hydroponic system can be extremely effective, but it is also expensive. Generally speaking, those growing their cannabis for the first time should choose soil. The roots of your plants will extend deep into the soil as it looks for nutrients and water. That’s why indoor systems, which have a lack of space, need to create smaller root systems for marijuana. Regardless of the root system you choose, make sure the temperature in the growing area stays around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
And of course, ample water and oxygen in the soil is a must. Irrigation in soil is easier than with hydroponic systems, as is fertilization. With so much information gathered from thousands of years of growing, you can quickly become a soil expert as long as you read the right articles! On the downside, soil requires a ton of space, and it is very heavy. You’re also more likely to have issues with pests than with a hydroponic system. Often referred to simply as “coco,” coconut fiber can come in a variety of forms including shredded fibers, small cubes or a finer, more granular medium. Coco is often mixed into soilless mixtures with peat and vermiculite, but it can also be used as a stand-alone medium for potted plants. Derived from coconut husks, coco is sterile and has good water-retention and buffering properties. Obviously, choosing one of the above mediums hinges a lot on the type of grow system being used in the garden. In terms of the question posed, I would concur that for a first-time grower, using a soilless mix (such as Sunshine #4 or Pro-Mix) and utilizing a daily hand-watering regiment is the best option. Lots of bubbles make cannabis roots happy in hydroponicsWhen people are talking about hydroponics, they’re usually referring to growing your cannabis with the roots sitting directly in water. The most popular style of hydroponics for cannabis plants is known as Deep Water Culture (a.k.a. DWC), and it has a very popular variant known as “bubbleponics” or a top-fed Deep Water Culture (DWC) system. Deep Water Culture is one of the few types of hydroponics that can support larger plants. Other types of hydroponics (for example NFT or Aeroponics) have a difficult time growing plants as big and nutrient-hungry as cannabis. An autoflower seedling needs no nutrients in its first two weeks. After 2 weeks you can gently enrich your soil with nutrients, but keep the dosage low. Even in the flowering period, the autoflower needs few nutrients. Like photoperiod types, autoflowering species prefer a slightly acidic medium. Add mycorrhiza fungi for an extension of the root system. Your plant will then be better able to reach more distant nutrients. In addition, mycorrhiza fungi helps to catch and kill vermin such as parasitic nematodes.
Cannabis Hydroponic Mediums - A Guide To Hydro Substrates. It may be hard to comprehend how a plant grows with just water.
Here is our introductory guide to help you understand how substrates play an important role in hydro grows. Hydroponic growing is a method of cultivating cannabis in a water and nutrient solution.