How to grow hydroponic weed? This is the question that more people today are asking and who can blame them when everywhere you look when you research online there’s another story with pictures of another high-tech high hydroponic system.
Now it’s only natural that you would only want the best when you set out to put together your indoor grow and there’s no doubt about it but that hydroponics technology for growing weed is the very latest.
Even so, there are just a few things to consider here before you plunk down your hard-earned money and make the commitment. Things that may have you taking a second look at good old-fashioned pots filled with premium growing medium.
The Downsides of Hydroponic Systems
For instance if you’re just now setting out to learn how to grow hydroponic weed you should know up front that hydroponic systems won’t necessarily deliver “better” product.
It’s basically a faster way of growing because it pretty much doubles the rate of growth.
“However, there are some growers who have been around the block in terms of cultivating different kinds of hydroponic plants, who are warning beginners that a lot of what you see on the Internet may not be entirely accurate or unbiased.”
Then if you plan on using clones you’re going to need a separate room or chamber set aside from the main grow for keeping the mother plant and rooting your clones.
Then another thing worth knowing about larger hydroponic systems in general is that they can be problematic. Not all of them of course but also it sure helps if you possess a certain level of technical skills for assembling and maintaining one.
Having noted that however, even small leaks in hydroponic systems are major headaches at best and a large leak in something like a tank, that goes unnoticed and unchecked can be catastrophic if you, say live on the upper floor of an apartment building.
Getting Started With Hydroponics: Growing Weed for Dummies
Don’t let what you just read turn you off from learning how to grow hydroponic weed though because it for sure has its fair share of “positive” aspects, with one of them being that it really is quite interesting.
To screw around with even if you have no intentions of being the next “cartel kingpin” on your block.
“Hydroponic beets were harvested today and a replacement batch of chard was started. It is my intention to continue to grow beets, chard and lettuce indoors under lights all summer.”
It’s also super easy to set up a small-scale hydroponic operation without making any major commitment.
Now an important thing to keep in mind here is that you can grow just about any type of plant in hydroponic system, so if you want to experiment with the except it doesn’t have to be concealed.
For example you can try it out with a couple tomato plants for instance out in plain view on your back porch or right in front of a window with a low wattage grow light hanging over your set up. Believe it or not all you need is about $10 to get started.
DIY Cheap Hydroponic Growing Systems
Cheap hydroponic growing systems are incredibly easy to patch together so you don’t need to fall for all the marketing hype you find online.
Save your money and just keep on reading these last few paragraphs because by the time you’re done you’ll have all the knowledge you need “between your ears” get started.
“A 5 gallon black bucket with handle, a 6″ bucket basket net pot lid, air pump, air stone, 1/4 tubing, and grow rocks. It’s everything you need to start growing!”
Simply take a 5 gallon bucket and run a basic clear fish aquarium airline into the bottom of it with an air-stone attached to the end. Then run the other end of the line to a cheap aquarium air pump.
Next fill the 5 gallon bucket with gravel, and top it off with a standard soluble chemical fertilizer solution like Rapid Gro or Miracle Grow, and that’s it.
Stick a plant start into the rocks after you wash the dirt off the soil, click on the air pump and “away you go”. It’s just as simple as that and all for less than $10.
Now of course as far as cheap hydroponic growing systems go, this for sure is a bottom of the line basic model but it will work. Now if you plan on growing long-term in something like this you’ll want to add micronutrients to the solution, and also make sure that the solution doesn’t fill up over the gravel or the light can cause algae problems.
Final Tips for Growing Weed in a Basic Hydroponic System
Now get ready because the fun really begins when you start to see the amazing rate of growth that you’ll get out of even just a simple one bucket system like this.
Even so, don’t forget that when you’re growing in a hydroponic system you’re completely responsible for everything, so the following is a few basic tips for growing weed so you don’t have to learn any lessons the hard way.
“While there are several forms of hydro, the general idea is that the roots of the plant hang in a solution of nutrients which supply the plant with all its fertilizer needs. The nutrients are derived from minerals which are usually mined in the desert.”
For instance the first of your final tips for growing weed is to make sure that you use a black bucket or that you paint your bucket black to block out the light to prevent algae growth.
Then tip #2 is to make sure the air pump is placed higher than the bucket so water won’t flow back into it if you should happen lose power. Then tip #3 is to make sure to keep track of your water level because once your plant gets going it can drink a lot in a day.
Then another of your tips for growing weed is to try your hand at foliar feeding. Foliar feeding is where you spray a fertilizer solution directly onto the plant itself and you may be surprised by how quickly you’ll get a positive response.
Then the last of your tips for growing weed is to make sure that you don’t over fertilize because less is better than too much. Too much fertilizer will burn your roots which in turn will lead to stunted growth.
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