There are several different ways to grow marijuana plants at home including using soil and hydroponics. Hydroponics is soilless growing using water and some form of medium. The growth medium is inert – meaning it does not break down or degrade.
A typical hydroponics system will use “buckets’ filled with the growth medium where water flows through the buckets and provides moisture for the plants. Water is also responsible for transporting nutrients to the plants. Air stones are also required to aerate the water.
There are many different types of hydroponics setups that can be used to grow marijuana at home. Depending on your preferences, skill level, and knowledge, it is not uncommon to develop a preferred method and configuration. If you are new to hydroponics, it is best to start with a standard configuration until you become familiar with this method of growing marijuana.
What Are the Benefits of Growing Marijuana Using Hydroponics?
The primary benefit of using hydroponics is faster growth times. Typically, marijuana plants grow at an average 40% faster using hydroponics instead of soil. Another great benefit gained with hydroponics is larger yields when plants are ready to harvest.
The reason hydroponics provides these two great benefits is the nutrients required by marijuana plants are delivered more precisely than adding them to the soil. In soil-based systems, the roots must be in contact with the nutrients to benefit from them.
What Does a Basic Hydroponics System Setup Look Like?
Aside from the hydroponics system that includes the buckets, growth medium, hoses, air stones, and other components, you will need some other equipment for a complete system setup to grow marijuana at home including:
You can get most of the basics you need by looking at different kits. For example, you can find grow tent kits that include everything you need to set up the grow tent including grow lights. A hydroponics kit includes everything you need to set up the hydroponics system. So by investing in two kits, you will have just about everything you need to get started growing.
One common mistake people make when setting up a hydroponics system is to jump in and plant their seeds or plants right away. Even though they might get lucky, most of their plants never grow. The first thing you need to do is get the system up and running and allow it to cycle for about a week. During this time, you can add some nutrients to the water and start establishing the pH level. After cycling, you are ready to start growing your plants.
To find everything you need to set up a hydroponics system to grow marijuana at home, please feel free to browse Canada’s online grow shop at Hippie Grow Shop or call us at 905-435-5845 today! You can also schedule an appointment to visit our store in Toronto.