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Hydroponic Systems vs. Garden Soil - Pros and Cons

Updated on May 2, 2012

It appears as though a fairly simple conclusion, but there are numerous factors that need to be considered prior to making your final decision.

If you are a beginner to growing medicinal cannabis, among the initial, and most essential, choices you will need to make is whether or not to cultivate in garden soil or a hydroponic system. Each soil and hydroponic method will have it's benefits and drawbacks, and a grower’s individual conditions and wants can ascertain the most suitable option for him or her.

Garden soil

Soil growing is the method that I like to describe as “old faithful.” It's a fact that medicinal marijuana crops have been developed in ground since the oldest records of crop cultivation. Soil is incredibly forgiving when compared to most hydroponic techniques, turning it into a fantastic option for newbie gardeners.

Heat range, pH, as well as nutrient content level is usually “buffered” by garden soil, permitting an increased margin of error inside the garden setting as well as forgiving to the gardener's lack of skills. Once you learn to deal with your room’s temperatures changes, garden soil is most likely a more sensible choice to suit your needs.

Soil growing also happens to be the preferred choice for the organic medicinal marijuana gardener. Pure organic nutrition depends upon several different useful microorganisms to break up organic ingredients into absorbable components. These beneficial organisms live and reproduce in the earth and inside of a plant’s rhizosphere. A large number of growers find it simpler to take care of the higher level of organisms that are required for organic horticulture in a soil grow.

There are a few shortcomings of soil farming like having a higher probability for soil-born pests, soiled equipment, as well as the removal of the used soil.

Hydroponic Growing

There are a variety of hydroponic systems utilized for growing medical cannabis. Even though they are different in several ways, each of them share common pros and cons. Most of the time, hydroponic gardens develop faster than soil grows. This is successfully done using dissolvable, man made fertilizers which avoid most of the microbes that happen to be essential in organic gardening. While there is no waiting for microorganisms to break organic compounds down (this is already completed in a lab) the crops can use the nutritional requirements instantaneously. This is certainly just one explanation why hydroponic gardens develop so speedily.

Additional benefits of hydroponic medicinal marijuana growing is that you have more command over what your crops take in, fewer bug challenges (numerous pests depend upon dirt for part of their life cycle) and cleanliness. Important drawbacks connected with hydroponic gardening are the all around upkeep, susceptibility to environment elements, level of sensitivity to pH and extreme difficulties for organic growing.

Every gardener will have to make the hydroponic or garden soil choice independently. Make absolutely certain you look at all the advantages and disadvantages for each. I almost never suggest beginner growers to begin with a hydroponic system and I also never ever advise growers searching for organic medication to cultivate hydroponically.

As an exception to these rules, there are some individuals who are effortlessly quite technological. In case you are one of these brilliant individuals, then hydroponics may well be an incredible match in your case, regardless of whether you happen to be a newcomer to growing or not. If you're not that technological or producing organic medicines are not of substantial concern, then look no further than that fat sack of good ol' garden soil.


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    • Phil The Gain profile image

      Phil The Gain 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      It sure has been a while! Good to hear from you Dude. Do it the right way my man!

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      Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

      Yo! Phil...long time, guy. My nextapartment move and I'm carding up. Means I'll be reading up, and you da man! Catch you in the back forty some time! Bye!