Before embarking to the hydroponic growing quest one must acknowledge that it is not very easy, despite the popular belief not easier than the other ways of indoor weed growing. And at the same time it is NOT a rocket science, and anybody can construct it or buy a ready one.
Any technological solution has advantages and disadvantages and your future hydroponic garden is not an exception. Hydroponic farming is an aged technology proven by time, since 1600s, yet it requires certain efforts to design your way and setup it, scientific efforts if you wish. Invest your trial-and-error and you may win a beautiful solution, avoiding something you chase to avoid and gaining benefits you want to gain.
In general, the idea is as simple as putting Valentine flowers into a jar of water. Technically speaking it is already the simpliest hydroponic system (static one, without a pump).
Who invented the Hydroponic Farming, and When?
Hydroponic cultivation method is now used widely everywhere: at home for indoor weed, and by NASA for Mars.!
All thanks to Sir Francis Bacon for the Hydroponic Marijuana we enjoy now
Growing marijuana hydroponically is growing without a soil at all, using the ability of plants to absorb nutrients thru water: roots get exposed to the nutritious liquid and – voilà! – no soil, no dust, less pests or even none of them, the room is cleaner, the weed is in the pocket. The hydroponic garden certainly serves well for those who do not feel much a farmer, it’s technological solution. I like thinking it is a laboratory, you design it, and it’s fun.
Practically the hydroponic method works well enough to any terrestrial plant, and consequently to marijuana. First discovered by Sir Francis Bacon, the 17th century brainiac, philosopher and poet, the legal advisor of Queen Elizabeth I of England, Lord High Chancellor of England. Alike many noble master minds of that time he experimented in many fields of knowledge, including hydroponic farming and cultivation for plants.
Later John Woodward continued the research counting more discoveries in the hydroponic matter, and later the German botanists Julius von Sachs and Wilhelm Knop, in 1859–1875 finally resulted the solid technique of the soilless cultivation which we already know as hydroponic cultivation. Now used widely everywhere: at home for indoor weed, and by NASA for Mars.
Hydroponic Weed Farm Advantages
The best of the best advantages is that it keeps all very very CLEAN. And you can leverage it by locating your garden anywhere where you would never locate a farm, producing soil dust, pests and requiring enough of access for working with soil. That is what the technology gives. Faster yields and healthier plants go as a free bonus then.
Hydroponic Weed Farm Disadvantages
Hydroponic farm requires to be constructed (scroll down to below how to do that) and this may course a reasonable increase in price. But if you are up to a hydroponic marijuana growing you’ve heard a lot about, to taste all the advantages why not count as an effective investment rather than a disadvantage. As for the construction, as always, once well done, will work Swiss-watch-cool, trouble free, and the whole system will last long or even forever giving joy to your heart! — do not underestimate this importance of construction.
How to Build The Hydroponic Farm at Home
It’s not too easy, yet it’s not hell difficult and sure-sure not a quantum ducking astro physics, don’t be scared, keep going, make a try! The engineering nature of your mind you will need to use and it’s a great fun. And of course there are ready-made hydroponic systems in the market.
It can be any shape, even as vertical as those prehystorical Semiramide Hydroponic Gardens! Only your fantasy is the limit. Think as if you are building a weed supply for a future Moon station if you wish:
How Simple a Hydroponic Garden Works! And how to make it
You take a pot (pot as container) totally perforated, that it almost has no bottom, only for the purpose to hold the medium replacing soil to keep the plant fixed, letting water go through easily. Usually peeps use for medium small rocks, gravel or clay pebbles. The stem and the upper part of roots will be developed in those pebbles and that is how the plant will be fixed.
The idea is that you poor water into pot (pot as container) and the water goes through, you make it often or constantly, usually by a small pump and a timer, and the plant roots being always moistured are taking the nutrients in as the water pass by. The “used” water is collected underneath in the tank, and you pump it up again into pot from top, and repeat and repeat. Mind that plants will not take away all nutriens by one iteration. Also tune up the timer for better automation considering other conditions, like room temperature, natural humidity of the surrounding, etc.
The idea is in delivering water, yet giving air to the roots, by this you cut up to 20-30% of total yielding time and gain your buds faster, that is why the pebbles or small rocks or gravel play the role perfectly. It can be any material, not toxic, but not necessarily natural, following the only idea of giving a perfect touch to water and oxygen.
The Most Frequently Asked Question about Hydroponic organic nutrients
Well then. The most frequently asked question is about natural fertilizers to escape wrong taste of the hydroponic weed, and also run away from any other spooky hidden dangers, has surprisingly a very simple reply (thanks to homehydrosystems.com):
Plant “eats” inorganic materials, the ions. Regular salt, NaCl (natrium and chlor), dessolves in water into Na+ and Cl-, as well as based on salt hydroponic nutrients contain proper elements sufficient for plant, for its PH, and also able to dessolve in water well.
Being in the soil in a classic way the plants do not consume organic materials like dung or banana peel straight away, but as soon as those natural nutrients break down into inorganic and then pass into water, only then the plant can consume the resulting elements: the ions.
Therefore, the hydroponic salt (as soon as the base is salt) is basically the only possible and the proper nutrient solution, and there is no better way until another genius lord bacon invents a new one by yet another revolutionary discovery. And now — choosing the proper supplier, using the proper salt, one will like and one will trust, is what we can do with that “taste”.
Due to the legalization of Marijuana across many states in the USA and Canada, the cannabis industry is progressing at a massive rate and is heading towards becoming one of the fastest-growing business sectors in North America. At present, people have also started to take a swing at growing cannabis through the process of hydroponics because of its benefits, both medicinal and economic.
What is hydroponics growing?
Thanks to the internet and its reach, you can buy different variants of weed such as edibles, concentrates, flowers, CBD oil, and budget buds online. Or, you can grow your weed hydroponically at home.
Growing cannabis hydroponically refers to the process of cultivating and harvesting it in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution, avoiding the traditional means of using soil. This way, the plant roots have direct contact with the nutrient-rich solution, ensuring their proper growth.
Hydroponic weed growing: Advantages
- You get a better quality of marijuana.
- You can cultivate the strain of your choice.
- Weed plants grow faster in the hydroponics medium.
- There is no overgrowth of weed plants and hence, a lesser mess.
- Your weed plants do not contract any soil-borne diseases.
- This method allows you to harvest more copious amounts of weed.
Now that we know about what hydroponics cannabis growing is and its benefits, let’s start with the process.
Guide to growing cannabis hydroponically
There are different hydroponic systems that you can try to grow cannabis. Here are the most popular ones —
Procedure to build your own Deep Water Culture
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As a beginner, you may find it difficult to grow cannabis hydroponically. Start with a simple setup and then move on with the more complex ones. The results of hydroponic growing are very effective. Its users will feel no difference in the commercially available and the hydroponically grown Cannabis at home whether they use it in a glass percolator bong or make an edible out of it.
This article is an attempt to simplify the process so that you can yield the best quality weed at home. After all, smoking self-grown weed is one of the most satisfying experiences for a stoner!
Let us open the February set of articles with the very seasonal information. It’s Spring coming in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s time to raise a plantation of Cannabis, the weather is never promising there and they desperately need “helpers” for the dankest harvest. And it’s Summer ends in the Southern hemisphere, so that people start thinking about in-door gardening. We talk about Organic Fertilizers! They are pretty free of charge, they are easy to have, still not attracting too much of attention, and we do not like wording “organic fertilizers” we’d prefer them to be “natural fertilizers”!!
The full industry all around the growing one portion of medical marijuana at home is delivering hundred of techniques along with a wide range of fertilizers for better grow of cannabis plants and, of course, all kind of soil types and, of course, the Fertilizers. This all is way too helpful specifically for the beginner grower. And this all saves a lot of effort too!! Let’s just see the alternative ways to fertilize, at least for the sake of understanding what is happening and this also can be helpful when you next time select the components for your desired small home plantation.
The Conception is N-P-K
Nitrogen. Phosphorus. Potassium (it’s “K” in chemistry symbols from “KALIUM” in Latin and in a few of modern languages also). These three are extremely essential for a healthy plant to make it rich with the proper elements. It also works perfectly for other plants, no exclusivity for cannabis hereby. A simple Rose or a becoming-popular Canna Lily shall also say “thank you” if you’ll be trying the listed-below ideas for them.
Coffee beans are rich with Nitrogen, precisely the nitrogenous compounds. Coffee beans are seeds by themselves and by definition contain a full set of elements to begin a new life. Use them from the start. Just crush a handful of coffee beans into soil. Better use beans, so you know for sure it’s only a coffee that you use, and of course not a Nescafe or Italian Mocha, and none of a kind. I would not call this solution absolutely a Gratis one, considering the price and this is a “luxury good”, but it’s something that is right in the household available.
Banana Peel — The King Of Fertilizers
Bananas and their peel are extremely rich with Potassium, so essential for the strength of the roots and resulting a stronger stem and stronger everything. Cut banana peel into the smallest pieces possible (there is also an option to dry them or little bit burn in the oven) and then add into the soil. After some time, and it’s quite quick if pieces are small, the “blend” shall form so-called “compost” rich with Potassium inside the vase where the cannabis plant grows. And in addition banana peel as a fertilizer that provides quite a stable PH Level, which is considered to be around 5.0, and this is a sort of idyllic environment for cannabis, many sources say. Quite a FREE fertilizing solution, eh?
You can also use banana peel in raw right away, but at times it is better to dry it up with the heat a little bit. Specifically for the case if mold and fungus are present in your region, or city with old buildings, or in the particular household. In the cold countries (by “cold” I mean “with snow”) it may be a smaller problem but nothing wrong to consider it.
Magnesium Makes The Green Stuff Green Enough
Besides, bananas also contain the amount of Magnesium, which stands for formation of Chlorophyll, the exact thing that makes the stuff green enough, and resulting better photosynthesis while contacting the light.
Fish Skin And Fish Bones
Fish is rich with Phosphorus. It’s said this is the very reason why fresh fish in Sashimi glows little bit if very fresh. Basically when “still alive” like they serve it in Japan or Korea.
Phosphorus is essential on the Flowering Stage
And the Phosphorus makes the seeds more viable, and as soon as seeds come from flowers, it makes flowers and flowering better. Therefore it is essential on the flowering stage. And we remember from the school times about the Phosphorus as recommendation for the enhancing the brain activity. Your marijuana plant needs Phosphorus too, and to make it delivered to the plant: crush the fish bones into almost-powder, dry the blend and fertilize and it is again FREE of charge as soon as fish is in the ration. Just do not use it along with the cooking oil, take off the bones BEFORE cooking the fish.
Bones by their nature are also rich with Calcium, once called a “trucker of all minerals”. In general it gets into roots and stems and “helps” to transport the other minerals up, making at same time the full structure stronger (similar to that why our bones are strong). A regular chicken eggshells crushed into the soil may serve same purpose. That is exactly what birds do to receive Calcium, I once have had a canary bird as a pet and he has been eating eggshells like crazy! Try it with plants then.
The Most Disgusting Fertilizer
The whole world shall agree that it sounds disgusting, I personally would never go for it, I cannot even imagine HOW — for the love of the God — to provide the Human Urine to the plants!
But then, let us just try to open the mind, and think again: for example, there is a baby in the household, if so then it’s already not that far disgusting, right? Why not then? And the thing is obviously more pure, say, more “virgin” so to say. Still containing quite enough of Nitrogen so required by Cannabis along with few more minerals. In the wild nature the weed gets it naturally from the whole surrounding, and when you smoke the wild one, from Kazakhstan or Sri Lanka, you hardly think that the squirrels pee on it all the time. How far you are fond of scientific experiments with medical marijuana? 😉
BONUS! A Coconut Soil – A Free Hydroponic?
This one is another replacement for a hydroponic soil. The latter is specifically designed to give more Oxygen and Water to the roots. It is made from small “stones” that there is no need to loosen the soil. Some growers add just a bulk of small stones, which also serves the same need. And another way is to crush Coconut shell: It’s again more “organic” and obviously more “natural” and it’s FREE of charge, as soon as you normally use coconuts in your daily ration.
The coconut shell is a part of a plant by itself and contains small portions of the required NPK-bouquet also. It is also used widely to produce the active carbon. Don’t by shy, add it into the soil too.