Bountiful Harvest: A Hydroponics Primer for Cannabis Consumers
In Maine, autumn is harvest time, the season of abundance. But in the world of cannabis growers—and consumers—bountiful harvests can be reaped 365 days a year, thanks to the science of hydroponics. Hydroponics is a horticultural method in which roots are cultivated without soil. Growing mediums include coir (coconut fiber), clay aggregate, vermiculite, perlite, lava rock, rock wool, and water-based nutrient solutions.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
As one of civilization’s oldest cultivated crops, cannabis has been grown the old-fashioned way—in farmers’ fields—for millennia. However, in the age of cannabis prohibition, cultivators were forced inside to avoid detection. They discovered that cannabis is very versatile and thrives in an indoor atmosphere. For decades now, they’ve been fine-tuning nutrient blends, substrates, and moisture levels to arrive at optimum hydroponic