If you’ve been growing cannabis indoors and want to improve your potency and yield, you have more than likely been considering the use of hydroponics to grow marijuana. Here’s what you need to know to have the best success.
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- Rockwool – volcanic rock with a wool texture
- Perlite – volcanic glass
- Clay Pebbles – preferably pre-altered to protect pH levels
- Ebb and Flow – The most popular method used to grow cannabis is the Ebb and Flow hydroponic system for its simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness. A reservoir containing a nutrient solution is located below a growing tray. The nutrient solution is pumped just below the top of the growing medium for a predetermined amount of time (usually seconds) using a timer. The solution drains back into the reservoir over the course of about 30 minutes. Then the process repeats itself over and over again. Water and nutrients “flow” and drain or “ebb” freely in and out, pulling a fresh supply of oxygen to the plants’ roots.
- Deep Water/Direct Water Culture – A cheap and easy option for the beginner, this method consists of plants whose roots are encased in a grow pot/bucket that is suspended from a lid with the roots hanging into the nutrient solution in the reservoir container. An air pump aerates the nutrient solution.
- Drip System – Similar to drip irrigation when growing in soil, this system uses a large tray filled with your growing medium with plants placed directly into the medium. Each plant has a nearby drip pipe where an external water tank pumps a constant supply of water and nutrients over each plant.
- Wick System – Using a growing tray like above, a tank of water underneath the tray uses several wicks that exit and enter the growing medium. Water travels up the wicks and hydrates the medium then heads back out another wick to repeat the process.
- Nutrient Film Technique – This involves placing plants in a sloped container so water can enter at one side and use gravity to exit out the other. The roots dangle allowing the nutrient solution to return back to the tank to begin the process again.
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GrowFloor greenhouse and growroom floor covering can actually help enhance the indoor hydroponic growing process. It increases overall lighting efficiency, insulates and cuts cooling costs. GrowFloor is easy to clean with a hose or household/vinyl-safe cleaner. It won’t scratch, tear, peel or curl even under heavy water tanks and excessive use. GrowFloor is cost-efficient grow room floor protection that is repositionable, reusable and recyclable and won’t need replacement for years.
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