There are different ways to grow cannabis, and it’s not just merely growing the plants outdoors or indoors. There is also something called aeroponics. And some cannabis growers are raving about it!
But what is aeroponics? Is it worth trying? Is it better than growing the plant the way we have always known how?
Let’s talk about the basics of aeroponics gardening and how it works for cannabis plants.
What is aeroponics?
Aeroponics is a method of growing plants developed in the early 20th century in which the roots are not in the soil but are instead suspended in an open-air container. And because there is no soil medium to deliver water and essential nutrients, the plant is sprayed with an oxygen-rich nutrient solution consistently.
The aeroponics method of gardening is most often used for clones or root cuttings. It is favored by expert gardeners because they can easily control every variable of the process, including humidity, oxygen intake, nutrients, and pest control.
If the conditions are consistent and if root health is regularly examined, aeroponics can result in very healthy root growth.
Aeroponics for cannabis plants
In an aeroponics system, cannabis is planted in net pots using hydroponic growing medium such as hydroclay or rockwool. With these net pots, the roots can grow downward into a darkened grow chamber. This grow chamber is kept humid in order to keep roots from drying out. It is also kept completely dark so that the sun cannot damage the root system and so that algae cannot grow.
According to those who swear by aeroponics, cannabis plants that are grown using this method has the highest level of trichomes compared to plants grown on any other method. Moreover, the root systems of the cannabis are not limited by space and they can yield healthy and large plants which could reach the full potential of its strain in terms of cannabinoid content.
Aeroponics vs. traditional
There are also cannabis growers specializing in aeroponics who are saying that in using this method, the amount of time it takes to grow cannabis plants is lesser. With traditional methods, the grow cycle takes 90 days, but with aeroponics, the grow cycle is significantly lesser at only 60 days.
But then again, there are also growers who still prefer growing cannabis the old-fashioned way. They attest that growing cannabis in soil still gives the plant a richer flavor profile compared to weed grown via aeroponics.
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So if you are still exploring growing your own cannabis plants, we suggest that you try the traditional method and the aeroponics methods at different times. Observe the length of the grow cycles and compare the flavors and the trichome levels. Which is better overall? Do tell us about it!