Just reading the headline clears the doubt. Yes, it is possible to grow auto strains hydroponically. Generally speaking, this method allows the roots of our plant to directly absorb water, oxygen and nutrients so that they develop much faster, but in this post we are going to solve a very specific doubt about how to grow autoflowering seeds using hydroponics.
But speed is not the only great advantage of hydroponic cultivation in autoflowering cannabis strains (the other is related to size). It has probably crossed your mind at some point to try to change something to make your non-photodependent plants bigger. Well, opting for hydroponics should be your next step.
In addition, this system facilitates the production of buds formed by a higher amount of terpenes compared to marijuana plants grown in soil. We will see that it is not only about gaining time and size, but also about reaching a much higher level of quality.
Before starting the process, the most important thing is to know how to measure the pH level and PPM (particles per million). In addition, it must be clear that this is a process that must be repeated on a daily basis. The pH should be between 5.5 and 5.8 for optimal nutrient absorption.
With regard to the particles per million, things get a little more complicated, since this indicator should vary according to the growth stage of the plant. Roughly speaking, start with a level of 150 and gradually raise it to 1,500 particles per million in the final stage of flowering.
We don't need to tell you that you will need water, but what comes next often misleads many growers: In addition to using a water pump to avoid stagnation, you should add an air stone or an air pump so as not to fall short when it comes to giving oxygen to the water.
And watch out for the lights. They are the great forgotten in this method of cultivation, but if you are wondering how to grow autoflowering seeds using hydroponics you should take this into account. From Delicious Seeds we recommend you to use full spectrum led lamps. Otherwise, the same as if you were growing on soil (minimum 18 hours of light).
And now... Let's get down to business:
Autoflower general hydroponics feeding schedule
There is no general autoflower hydroponics feeding schedule. This is another positive part of growing hydroponically. You will decide yourself when you have to water with the simple gesture of lifting the pot. Ok, but... How do we feed our non-photodependent plants? The simplest and what gives the best results in the case of hydroponic cultivation is the coco coir.
The only thing you should keep in mind is that the coco coir is not fertilized, so it must be fertilized every time you go to water the plants. Why is this alternative so interesting? We are talking about a particularly spongy texture, which allows the roots to grow with much less opposition than in the soil substrate.
Surely this last sentence is familiar to you, since this ease of movement is the same that characterizes the hydroponic system in general... They seem to be made for each other.
Little more to add. Well yes, if you have any pending questions, do not hesitate to contact us for advice from our team of experts. And if you are here without having tried this type of cultivation, now that you know how to grow autoflower hydroponics take advantage of it, I can not think of a better way to start.