Over recent years, hydroponic cultivation has ceased being an unusual niche and has evolved into a cannabis cultivation frontrunner. Which for the most part comes down to the fact that getting hold of the most outstanding hydroponics hardware and associated accessories has never been easier or more affordable. Growing in soil with a few pots and trays might always be the cheapest entry-point to cannabis cultivation, but the costs associated with hydroponics are plummeting all the time.
But assuming you’re game to give it a go, why should you bother? Assuming you’re already doing a decent job growing pot the traditional way, what exactly is there to gain by making the switch to hydroponics?
The simple answer is, a lot. Well, that is assuming you’re keen on the idea of producing bigger, better and more abundant plants by way of a process that largely takes care of itself. And while you might be put off by the apparent complexity of setting things up and indeed those inevitable costs, chances are it will prove easier and cheaper than you expect.
Realistically, all you need to get up and running with a hydroponics setup is as follows:
- Cannabis seeds or clones
- Premium quality nutrients
- A budget hydro starter kit (tub, tray, pump, pots etc.)
- Sufficient lighting
- Water quality testing kit
- Electronic timers (optional)
These days, you’ll pick up all of the above from a decent retailer and still get change from £100. This will set you up with the kind of compact, modest hydro system that’ll serve as the perfect introduction to a cultivation method you may never, ever look back from. And of course, the fact that it is all 100% reusable long-term means it’s the kind of investment that pays for itself in no time at all.
And as far as those all-important advantages go, it won’t be long before you find yourself benefiting from the following and so much more besides: