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How to Grow Pot: Soil, Soilless, and Hydroponics Systems

In our previous articles on how to grow pot, we’ve discussed basic infrastructure, equipment, and materials you need.

We’ve also shown why reverse osmosis water is the best water to grow pot with.

Today, we answer one of the most frequent questions we get here at—what are the systems people use to grow pot with.

Here’s a very brief description:

1) Growing in containers or grow benches, in soil, soiless mix, or coco coir, indoors or outdoors.

Soilless mix looks like soil, but is a peat-based mix of materials that contain few if any nutrients.

You have to use fertilizers if you grow in soilless mix.

Coco coir is made from the husks of coconuts.

It contains a small amount of some on-board nutrients, and is generally considered a soilless root zone media.

Coco requires fertilizers and supplements.

Coco coir can cause nutrients absorption problems for your plants, but fortunately there are specialty fertilizers engineered to work well for growing pot in coco coir.

2) Growing in rockwool.

Rockwool is a totally inert, manufactured material that contains absolutely no nutrients.

It’s used in hydroponics systems in slabs, pots, and trays in greenhouses and in indoor grow ops.

3) Growing in perlite, grow rocks and other inert media in hydroponics systems indoors or in greenhouses.

4) Growing in deep water culture, nutrients film technique (NFT), aeroponics, or aquaponics.

Deep water culture and related hydroponics systems are the most complex systems to grow pot in.

They require pumps, electricity, water transfer and storage, aeration, and precision control of pH, water quality, and water temperature.

You rarely if ever find deep water culture or other pure hydroponics systems operated outdoors.

These pure hydroponics systems are used to grow pot in indoor grow rooms.

Of the cannabis growing systems we listed, the easiest for growing pot is soil growing.

The second easiest is growing in soilless mix.

If you grow pot using inert media such as rockwool or in hydroponics systems, you have more complexity, more things that can go wrong.

For example, if you have an electricity disruption and you’re using aeroponics or other pure hydroponics systems, it can become a fatal situation for your plants.

But you do you get faster growth, more resin production, safer crops, and higher yields using hydroponics systems and inert media.

For example, deep water culture when correctly calibrated and using pH Perfect hydroponics base nutrients and strong lighting can produce as much as 2-4 pounds of dry weight per 1000-watt light.

You’re not going to see that level of performance growing in soil or soilless mix.

Look for future articles in our “how to grow pot” series.

There’s more to learn, and bigger, stickier buds in your future when you learn it!

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