Hydroponics is a soil-less cultivation practice that uses nutrient-rich, pH-balanced water to grow plants. The technique is especially beneficial for those with limited space because it does not require large amounts of soil for root growth and expansion. Other benefits of hydroponic cultivation include a quicker grow period, larger harvests, and reduced interference from pests and weeds.
Plants can more readily absorb nutrients in a hydroponic grow because the nutrients (or “nutes”) are delivered directly to the plant roots. This can be a great thing and gives plants exactly what they need when they need it instead of forcing them to “look” for the nutrients in the soil. This allows the plants to use their energy to grow large and produce beautiful buds, however, this can also prove to be a challenge should the balance of nutrients be off.