What is Hydroponic Weed?

The literal Latin translation of Hydroponic is “water work” i.e. a technique where a plant absorbs all the required nutrients from a soil-less medium. Therefore hydroponic is the method of growing plants without soil. Since the meaning translates to water, it is not necessary to believe that hydroponic works only in water. The hydroponic method avoids soil, but can constitute growth in absolutely any other medium like sand, gravel, misted air etc. The basic advantage of growing any plant in a hydroponic way is that all the nutrients are directly delivered to its root, and that the plant does not need to search and extract them from the soil. Thus resulting a faster and a higher yield.

How is hydroponic weed grown?

Growing weeds through the hydroponic technique have become really popular these days as the weed plants only need light, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide and nutrients to grow. Since the weed plants can process the nutrients as soon as they absorb it, they often grow fast in a soil-less situation.

There are different hydroponic systems available for growing weeds, out of them the Ebb and Flow technique is the most common. Below mentioned are few such systems-

  • Ebb and Flow – It is the perfect system for the beginners for its low maintenance and productive nature. In this, a nutrient reservoir is kept which is used for flooding the weed containers from time to time and then draining the containers in a period of 30mins so that the roots can absorb both nutrients as well as fresh oxygen.

  • Aeroponics – In this system, no medium is needed, since the plants are just kept hanging in the air and from time to time the nutrient-rich water is sprayed on the roots.

  • Deep Water Culture – It is a lot like the aeroponic system, just that in this system, the roots are submerged into the nutrient-rich water. And for the source of oxygen air rocks are put in the container.

  • Drip Irrigation – It is a type of continuous water flow system. In this system, the nutrient-rich solution is put on the plants from the top, and in a drop by drop method. Thus giving the plant time to absorb it, and saving water loss.

How it differs from regular soil grown weeds?

There are actually several differences between the hydroponic weeds and the soil grown weeds. The 3 main differences are-

  • The hydroponic weeds are denser, stickier, more compact and contains crystals, whereas the ones that are grown in soil are drier and fluffier.

  • The hydroponic weeds have a distinct odor rather a very strong smell, that the normal weeds don’t have.

  • Though it is not scientifically proved, people who have tried both hydroponic weeds and soil grew weeds, usually claim that hydroponic weeds give a much stronger high, than the other.

Ingredients needed for Hydroponic weed

While growing any weeds, the ingredients that the plant basically requires are few macro and micro elements. When the plants are grown in the soil the roots seek and absorb these nutrients from the soil. But when the weed plants are grown in a hydroponic way, it is necessary for the developer to create a perfect mixture of all the needed macro and micro elements and supply the plant roots with that mixed nutrient solution.

Here mentioned below is a list of all the ingredients that a Hydroponic weed needs to grow-

Macro Elements: The Macro elements that a plant need are – Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg), Calcium(Ca), Phosphorus(P), Nitrogen(N) and Sulphur(S).

  • Potassium – Potassium is needed for photosynthesis, plant growth, longevity, protein production as well as for the transportation of water, nutrients, and sugar in the plant.

  • Magnesium – Magnesium is a part of the chlorophyll and thus is required for photosynthesis. It also helps in activating certain enzymes in the plant.

  • Calcium – Calcium is present in the cell walls and helps in food transportation.

  • Phosphorus – It converts the solar energy into chemical energy in the plant and also provides flavor to the weed.

  • Nitrogen – It is the most important element for it helps in the development of enzymes, proteins as well as chlorophyll.

  • Sulphur – Sulphur helps in the growth of the plant and in increasing its metabolism.

Micro Elements: The microelements that are needed – Iron(Fe), Copper(Cu), Zinc(Zn), Chlorine(Cl), Boron(Bo), Manganese(Mn) and Molybdenum(Mo).

Besides these, certain vitamins and amino acids are also required and even fertilizers are needed.

Thus if you want to grow weeds and want a faster harvest, higher yield rate, and want to work on growing them alone, it is always suggested to try out the hydroponic way.