Hydroponic Cannabis Growing Made Easy Guide

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 —

  1. EBB AND FLOW SYSTEM – The simplicity and ease of use make Ebb and Flow system one of the most popular methods of hydroponic cultivation. In this system, you need to place the plants on a tray with a porous growing medium such as Rockwool or lava rocks to retain air and water. Followingly, place the tray on top of a reservoir and fill the latter with nutrient solution. An attached pump fills the growing tray with the solution from the repository. The fill tube drains out any excess from the growing tray.
  2. AEROPONICS – Growing mediums aren’t required in this type of hydroponic system. Hang the roots of the weed plant mid-air within the aeroponics chamber at a humidity level of 100%. The highly oxygenated roots then absorb nutrients from the solution sprayed by sprinklers. This method allows weed plants to grow almost ten times faster than traditional soil cultivation methods as there is no loss of water through evaporation.
  3. DRIP IRRIGATION – In this system, you must place the weed seedlings on a growing medium. Followingly, apply the nutrient solution to the root or stem of the plants drop-by-drop through droppers from above. This system is extremely efficient in saving water and nutrients. Again, the rate of evaporation is minimal.
  4. DEEP WATER CULTURE – The DWC method of cannabis hydroponic cultivation is an ideal way for beginners to start. It is also one of the fastest and cheapest means of cannabis growing. You can practically build this system with simple items available at your home. Here’s how you can build your DWC system to grow cannabis hydroponically.

Procedure to build your own Deep Water Culture

  • The very first step is to gather your essentials, namely a grow tent, grow light, DWC tank, nutrients, and seeds.
  • Once you have your essentials in place, fill up your DWC tank with a nutrient solution. Followingly, suspend your weed plants so that their roots are in direct contact with the solution.
  • Add continuous oxygen supply to the water. This can be quickly done with the help of an air pump and some airstones to pump bubbles in the solution.
  • Light is essential for plants to grow and blossom. Make sure you place your hydroponic system where your weed can receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight every day.
  • If you are new to cultivating cannabis and want to buy weed online, there are a plethora of websites that you can choose from. If it is your first time at growing cannabis hydroponically, it is advisable to use live plants rather than seeds, also known as cloning. You can and remove the seedlings from the soil and container that it came in. Wash off any dirt to ensure that there is no contamination in your nutrient solution.
  • Use RO or Reverse Osmosis water for your nutrient solution and keep the pH levels in check. Make sure the pH level of the solution is within the range of 5.5 to 6.3, or else it could cause some severe damage to your plants.
  • Lastly, get the best nutrients for your solution so that your weed plants can have faster and healthier growth.

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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!

Organic Fertilizers For Cannabis + How To Spend $0.00

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

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 is Best Organic Fertilizer for Home Growers. Rich with Potassium and Magnesium it is an Essential for Cannabis Plant

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?

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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 is Rich with Phosphorus, and Phosphorus is Essential For Flowering Stage of the Cannabis Home Grow Fertilizers

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.