Hydroponics Systems Breakdown: Deep Water Culture System

5 Dec


When you think of the best craziest marijuana you don’t think about some “field of dreams” in the backwoods of some tiny town, you think of a high tech intricately planned hydroponics system that supplies the plant with the perfect balance of h2o and nutrients. Traditional methods for growing marijuana favor the use of plastic buckets with the plant contained in a net thats suspended from the center, the roots are suspended in the nutrient solution. An aquarium air stone powered by an air pump oxygenates the nutrient solution. As long as the plants are supplied with enough oxygen through the water and nutrient solution they can stay submerged constantly. Once the plants are ready to flower, the roots are exposed to air by lowering the nutrient solution into the retaining resovoir.

Plants absorb a great deal more oxygen directly from the air than from the oxygen in water. Deep water culture systems allow plant roots to absorb large quantities of oxygen while also allowing the optimal uptake of nutrients. This leads to rapid growth throughout the life of the plant and is the method chosen by cannabis cup winning strains all over the world.

Recirculating deep water culture systems use a reservoir to provide water for multiple buckets or pots. Other methods for growing marijuana that use unconnected pots (above) require individual testing for pH and CF.

This has led to advancements that have allowed for us to remove the air stones and instead connect multiple buckets together and recirculate the water allowing oxygen to be incorporated and aerated with the use of spray nozzles. This method of recirculation oxygenates the water and ensures a good mix of nutrients and stabilizes levels throughout the entire system so testing is required only at the reservoir.

With this method of growing marijuana the plants grow much faster because of the constant high amount of oxygen and well dispersed nutrients that the roots receive. These systems can be relatively difficult to maintain but with the right guidance and proper setup hydroponics can be outstanding!

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