Hydroponics Pros and Cons

Hydroponics Pros and Cons

Now that we've dispelled a few of the common myths about hydroponics, you should also be aware of the major benefits of using this fantastic growing technology as well as some of the drawbacks. Kannastor offer some outstanding value herbgrinders.

Advantages of Hydroponics

There are a number of advantages when using hydroponic production systems. Most importantly, hydroponics makes it possible to produce high quality marijuana in locations where it couldn't normally be grown in soil. In addition, hydroponics can increase product quality and makes more efficient use of resources such as space, water and plant nutrients.

~It Hydroponic production often allows higher crop yields from smaller areas. Plant density is limited only by available light under controlled conditions.

~It Plants can mature faster and more evenly under a soilless hydroponics system than under soil production. You can harvest some strains of marijuana up to six times per year under the most ideal conditions.

~Soil-borne insect and disease problems are reduced under soilless production systems.

~It There are usually less or no pesticide applications when using hydroponic growing systems. Outdoor growers must rely on herbicides, fungicides and/or insecticides for optimum production.

~It Nutrient application timing (watering) and nutrient quantities (strength) can be custom-tailored to the marijuana plant's specific needs. Nutrient release timing is much more difficult than outdoor growing.

~It Hydroponic systems often make more efficient use of water and fertilizers than outdoor grows. Also, water stress is normally not a problem for hydroponic systems, if monitored properly.

Disadvantages of Hydroponics

While the list of advantages is long, hydroponics is not without its problems. It has a place to fill special needs, but is still a long way from replacing traditional soil-based methods.

~Cost is a major concern. The initial investment required to set up some systems is much higher than soil-based production. Specialized equipment is often necessary for hydroponics. It also can be costly to operate and maintain hydroponic systems.

JJt More skill is required than for traditional methods. The grower/operator must be knowledgeable about plant nutrition and system operation. Complex plant nutritional problems may arise during production. The growing system needs to be closely monitored for plant nutrient stress and water stress, either of which can affect crop growth.

~ Sanitation is extremely important, especially with indoor hydroponic environments. Water-borne plant diseases can spread quickly through some methods of hydroponic production.