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There are different kinds of hydroponic systems; one of which is the drip system. This might be something you have never heard about before, but it is evident that both commercial marijuana growers and home marijuana growers have discovered this method and are using it to their advantage. The reason why a home grower can use the marijuana drip system is that it works and the concept is simple and easy. It also doesn't need a lot of parts and it is quite versatile and effective.
The marijuana drip system works using a nutrient solution, which drips onto the roots of the marijuana plants. This maintains the moisture.
The Design of a Marijuana Drip System
The system can be designed easily and it can be done in more ways than one. You can design a small or large system, depending on your needs.
If you are harvesting large cannabis plants, then you would use a larger system. The same is true for harvesting small plants. Large water volumes are not necessary with the marijuana drip system. The drip lines run easily over a wider space. When you use a larger medium for growing larger marijuana plants, this will retain additional moisture. This is an effective way to grow large cannabis plants.
Things Needed for a Marijuana Drip System
Your plants won't be sensitive to specific watering times and so the plants won't endure any stress caused by lack of water. Some of the things you will need for your marijuana drip system are:
- Container or reservoir to fit the nutrient solution
- Container to grow the plant's roots
- A pond or fountain pump
- Timer to monitor the operation of the pump; turning it on and off
- Tubing to connect the pump, which you will install in the container, tank or reservoir to your plants or to the drip line
- PVC pipe or other tubing to operate the return drip lines so you can give the plant added nutrient solution, if necessary
- A drip emitter is optional because you could pierce small holes in the PVC pipe or tubing
- The growing medium to put the roots of the plant. It has to support the weight of the plant, though
The nutrient solution used in a marijuana drip system is water. The water itself is located in the reservoir and pumped up through the tubing, going to the peak of the growing medium where the roots of the plants are located. From there, the water will slowly drip out of the tubing right into the growing medium. The water will drain down and soak the growing medium and the roots to the bottom of its container.
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Then, the water goes through an opening, after which gravity lets the water continue its flow downward through the tubing, going right back to the tank or reservoir. You should always remember the container must be up to 8 inches and not less than 6 inches above the top of your tank or reservoir. The gravity will drain any excess water so it will not flow uphill without the use of the pump.
The Two Types
One marijuana drip system is the recovery drip system and the other is non-recovery. One re-circulates the nutrient solution while the other does not.
The non-recovery marijuana drip system is what you would use because it facilitates the natural flow of the water. In addition, the non-recovery method is for commercial growers and the recovery system is what home growers mostly use because it saves you money since the nutrient solution can be recycled.
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Final Thoughts on How Does a Marijuana Drip System Work
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