Growing Cannabis In An Aeroponic System

Aeroponics is a variation of hydroponics where the roots are held in mid-air and water is misted on them regularly.
28 May 2020
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Growing Cannabis In An Aeroponic System

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Aeroponics can be considered a variation of hydroponic growing. It is mostly used where you cannot grow on land, due to environmental issues or as an alternative in indoor growing. This method can be used with cannabis but it's mostly used with other types of plants, like tomatoes, lettuce, and other common vegetables.

1. What Is Aeroponics?

Aeroponics is a method of growing plants where no soil or any other medium is used, providing the plant a high amount of oxygen and CO2, while also misting the roots with a solution of nutrients to provide what they need to properly grow.

 

In aeroponic setup instead of submerging the roots, we leave them roots hanging in midair.
 

This method of growing is said to have been invented out of hydroponic techniques and is still considered a hydroponic technique by a lot of growers.

2. How does Aeroponics work?

To be able to build an aeroponic system you will need some specific equipment that includes a drainage system, sprinklers, a netting or special pot, two reservoirs, and a water pump.

Aeroponics consists mainly of suspending the roots in the air, unlike growing in soil or other mediums where sometimes there’s a lack of oxygen or CO2. In this method the roots are literally surrounded by oxygen and CO2, thus fixing this problem.

This system is similar to a hydroponic system called DWC, and like in the DWC system, there is the need to have two reservoirs: one for storing plain water and the other one to store the nutrient solution.

 

With aeroponics method the roots are hanging in midair and watered directly with a sprinkler every 3-5 min.
 

As you may know, roots also need water to grow, this is where the sprinklers, reservoir, and pump come in. 

Every 3-5 minutes, the pumps will turn on and have water mix in with the nutrient solution and mist it all over the roots, completely covering them. This combined with the proper amount of light, and the widely available oxygen and CO2 will guarantee a healthy plant.

After the excess water has dropped to the bottom of the reservoir, the pump will collect it and take it to the nutrient reservoir where it will be recycled for the next misting cycle or to another reservoir where it can be later disposed of.

This method doesn’t use soil or any other medium and by controlling the amount of water their plant gets, growers use considerably less water (more than 50% less) while still covering their plant’s nutrient need.

 

3. Advantages Of Growing In Aeroponics

As said above, aeroponics doesn’t use any type of medium. The lack of medium causes the grower to need less space per plant. As the roots don’t grow too much because all they need is directly available to them so they don’t need to fight for space.

 

Advantages of Aeroponic grow.
 

One of the advantages is the ability to have an extra two to three harvests per year, as the roots don’t “fight’ against the soil, so the plants grow faster and more efficiently. This means the plants will need less space, water, and nutrients, being able to produce bigger yields and more trichomes while drastically cutting down water and nutrient usage.

This also helps combat bugs and pests, as almost all bugs that affect cannabis need soil and decaying organic matter in some parts of their life cycle. This doesn’t mean it will completely prevent bugs but will drastically lower the risk of your plants getting infected.

 

4. Disadvantages Of Growing In Aeroponics

Despite all the benefits, aeroponics has some major disadvantages and is one of the most expensive ways to cultivate plants. There are a lot of things that can cause problems and increase the cost when growing in this kind of system.

First of all, aeroponics requires attention 24/7 and the person responsible must have experience with this kind of system, as they’re not for beginners.

Second, aeroponics require water every 5-15 minutes, this means the grow space needs to have electricity available all day long. This causes growers to have to invest in power generators as a backup in case of a power outage.

A small leak in a reservoir or the lack of electricity to power up the sprinklers at the correct time will cause plants to start dying very quickly and can be dead beyond salvage in less than a day.

So, even though it has a lot of advantages, it is usually used for growing just a few plants and not recommended for large grow operations.

 

5. In Conclusion

Like hydroponics, growing in aeroponics has a lot of advantages and can result in better overall quality than growing in soil.

This technique is similar to hydro and uses almost all the same equipment you would use in a hydro setup. The high cost and knowledge are needed to make aeroponics. It has an expensive starting cost and requires high maintenance.

Having said that, we do recommend all growers to try both hydroponic and aeroponic techniques and draw their own conclusions. Try our Orange Sherbet Auto and you'll be amazed how well she performs in a hydroponic setup.

Orange Sherbet Auto
Orange Sherbet Auto
Genes
Sativa 70%/Indica 30%
Genetics
Orange Sherbet Auto
Flowering
9 – 10 weeks
Harvest
500 – 650 gr/m2
Height
110 – 150 cm
THC
Up to 24%
CBD
< 1%
Autoflowering
Yes
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Even though it can be hard to successfully maintain an aeroponic grow, with the time you’ll get more experienced and the results may surprise you.

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