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Hydroponic or Organic – Which Method of Growing Cannabis is Best?

Growing marijuana isn’t a cheap process no matter which way you go. This is a simple guide to help you decide for yourself – which option is right for you and your financial situation? Every experienced grower has a method that they’ve perfected and prefer. We are hoping that this quick comparison between hydroponic and organic growing will help you decide which option is right for you.


Organic Cannabis Growing

Growing organically means you need to start with great, nutrient rich soil. Your soil should be mixed with 40-percent peat moss and should include natural compost to naturally add nitrogen to the soil. Some of the best items to include in compost are decomposing leaves and worm waste. You will also need to feed your plant with the proper blend of vitamins to ensure a strong, healthy plant is what you end up with.

Pros Cons
Easier for beginners You’ll need to use more natural nutrients
Dry flower has a better flavor and aroma Requires a lot of space if you are growing for commercial purposes
It’s organic – chemical free Can be hindered by weather if you grow in an open outdoor space

One thing you’ll need to do often with organic growing is test your pH levels in the soil. Problems, should they arise, are a little harder to diagnose in organic growing. It is also a bit more difficult to keep insects off of your plants when growing organically. Plants will also need a light source on cloudy days and should be protected from extreme elements.


Related Article: The Differences Between Growing Marijuana from Seeds and Clones


Hydroponic Cannabis Growing

When it comes to hydroponic growing, you’re talking big expenses. More equipment is required and it has to be cleaned regularly, so it is very time consuming. When constructing your grow space, you have to have a system to control the climate in the space for hydroponic growing. You’ve also got to pick a medium to grow in.

Medium options:

  • Sand
  • Mister air
  • Vermiculite
  • Perlite
  • Hydroton
  • Coco Coir
  • Gravel
  • Peat moss
  • Plain water

Your pH level should be tested twice daily when growing hydroponically.

There are different forms of hydroponic systems to choose from.


Suspends roots in the air within a closed-loop system.

Aeroponics for growing cannabis


Deep-water culture methods

Uses bubblers and suspends plants over the nutrient bubblers.


Drip Irrigation

Allows every plant to be fed individually. You can use a nutrient film option where a solution is poured onto a tray that makes a slow-moving film that feeds the roots.

Ebb and Flow

Uses Rockwool as the growing medium to help produce bigger yields.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider with hydroponic growing and how it can become so confusing.

With hydroponic growing, you are likely to produce bigger yields. You won’t have to worry about soil-born issues or insects given that no soil is used. Hydroponic growing is also a faster process if you need to produce large yields fast for licensed dispensaries/retail shops.


Before We Go

There are pros and cons of every growing method. You should be aware that each takes a lot of time. Marijuana plants require a lot of attention. If you are looking to grow the purest, chemical-free marijuana then an organic option is right for you. If you’re more about a faster growing process and more end product, hydroponic growth is ideal. As far as which option I think is best, I prefer organic.

If you have more questions regarding growing marijuana, please take a few minutes to scan through our guides. 


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