Hydroponic gardening systems offer the indoor gardener attempting to grow the ganja a way to maximize their yield, without having to sacrifice a huge amount of living space. Furthermore, hydroponics has been proven to have quite a few advantages over soil cultivation.
Not only is the growth rate on a plant being cultivated using a hydroponic gardening system reportedly 30 to 50 percent faster than a soil plant grown under the same conditions, but the overall yield of the plant is also superior.
Scientists believe that there are several reasons for the drastic differences between hydroponically grown plants and those grown in soil. Extra oxygen in the growing mediums used in hydroponic gardening systems serves as a major advantage due to the fact that it helps to stimulate root growth. It has also been established that plants that receive an ample supply of oxygen to their root systems will absorb nutrients faster.
The nutrients used in hydroponic gardening systems are mixed with the water, which sends the nutrient solutions directly to the plant’s root system. This method increases the growth rate compared to many soil-based growing methods because the plant doesn’t have to search through soil for the nutrients it requires. Hydroponic nutrient solutions are administered to the plant several times throughout the day to keep the plant continuously supplied.
When soil is taken out of the cultivation equation, the plant requires very little energy to find and break down nutrients, which can leave more energy for larger production of buds.
Crops cultivated using hydroponic gardening systems can experience fewer problems with pest infestations associated with soil, and it can also cut the risk of contracting plant funguses and general crop diseases that can be introduced with soil.
Many ganja gardeners that have used both soil and hydroponic techniques claim crops that have been cultivated using hydroponic gardening systems appear to be much healthier and happier plants compared to that of a soil grown crop.
Growing marijuana hydroponically not only offers the gardener a plethora of benefits compared to using soil, but it’s also more favorable for the environment. This is because hydroponic gardening systems use considerably less water than soil gardening due to the constant reuse of the nutrient solutions.
Eliminating soil-borne pests also diminishes the need for pesticides, helping our environment.
Although growing ganja using a hydroponic gardening system may sound simpler than cultivating your crops with soil, there is still work involved. The word hydroponics originates from two Greek words, “hydro” meaning water and “ponics” meaning labor- but you will soon learn that it is a labor of love.
This particular method of cultivating crops isn’t as new as most gardeners would believe. The actual concept of soil-less gardening with hydroponics has been around for thousands of years. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Floating Gardens of China are two of the earliest proven examples of hydroponic gardening. More recently, scientists began to experiment with soil-less gardening somewhere around the year 1950. Ever since that time other countries, such as Holland, Germany, and Australia have used hydroponics for crop production with reportedly remarkable results.
Modern hydroponic gardening owes much of its success to the introduction of plastics. Plastic-lined garden beds replaced the inferior concrete beds that were previously used, and allowed the invention of drip irrigation, one of the common methods of growing hydroponically.
The chief advantages of using hydroponic controlled environment agriculture (CEA) include high-density, maximizing crop yields, year-round production, and giving gardeners an opportunity to produce crops where no suitable outdoor growing area is available. More efficient use of water and fertilizers, minimal use of grow space, suitability for automation, and reduced need for disease and pest control are also major advantages of hydroponics.
So, if you’re contemplating cultivating your own marijuana supply, you might want to consider giving hydroponic controlled environment agriculture a try. What gardener doesn’t like the idea of faster-growing crops that provide bigger harvests, all while decreasing the negative impact on the environment? It’s a win, win, win scenario! Grow on and keep it green!