Sea of Green, or simply SOG, is one of the most popular methods of cannabis growing. The basic idea of the SOG grow method is to force your marijuana plants to start flowering earlier by putting more plants in the same space.
Likely for those who prefer to grow cannabis hydroponically, SOG works well with both soil and hydroponics. Furthermore, this technique may be used along with virtually any hydroponic method, even with passive hydroponics. Below, we will tell you about the main pros and cons of the most popular ones.
DWC is one of the most popular hydroponic systems used by cannabis growers. The main idea of this technique is to give the roots constant access to the nutrient-rich water. Cannabis is planted in an inert growing medium and is placed right above the nutrient-rich water. There is no flooding and draining, so the roots are always submerged in the water. And in order to keep the roots strong and healthy, the system uses an air pump and an air stone similar to the ones used in a fish aquarium.
The main problem is that DWC usually requires a lot of space. Thankfully, when you use the SOG method, you can easily solve this problem by planting more cuttings in one container.
NTF is also quite popular among marijuana growers. This method is based on planting cannabis in small round net pots and putting the pots inside a PVC channel. The nutrient solution is always circling through the system, letting the roots pick up as much nutrients as they need.
The plus side of the NFT is that it allows you to use all your resources wisely: it consumes less electricity and water, and it does not require the growing medium replacement after each crop. On the other hand, if the power goes out or your pump fails, your plants will die very quickly. So, if you choose NFT hydroponics for your garden, use only high-quality equipment and make sure you have a reserve source of power.
Ebb and Flow Systems are the third popular type of hydroponic growing systems. The basic idea is quite simple: there is a tray, a pump, and a timer. Cannabis is planted in a growing medium in a tray. The pump controls the level of water, and the timer controls the pump. At some point, the pump turns on and fills the tray, soaking the medium and allowing the plants to consume as much water and nutrients as they need. After a set amount of time, the pump stops working, forcing the water to drain back into the reservoir, and letting the oxygen back to the roots.
Although choosing the right timing for flowing and draining the tray may seem to be a difficult task, Ebb and Flow is one of the most efficient hydroponic systems you can use with the SOG method. Usually, the tray floods a few times a day, so you can keep the roots and the medium sufficiently wet.
In order to get even more air to your plants, try cutting off some bottom branches. It will allow the air to flow freely under the tops of your cannabis plants and will help make the top branches a bit stronger. And do not rush to throw away these cuttings: side branches are the easiest part of the cannabis plant to root so you can use them as clones for your garden.
Have you ever tried to use SOG and hydroponics simultaneously? Which hydro system did you use? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!