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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bryden

Hydroponics or Soil - Pros and Cons

When it comes to growing cannabis, you have two options; soil for indoor or outdoor growing or a hydroponic setup which can also be used for indoor or outdoor growing. Soil is one of the most traditional ways to grow cannabis but enthusiasts of indoor growing using a variety of hydroponic systems, are growing in numbers across Canada.

While it can be difficult to replicate the great material, natural elements and nutrients that you find in soil, with a little experience and the purchase of high-quality nutrients, you can get some fantastic results from a hydroponic setup.

The most significant factor differentiating both grow mediums is quality versus yield. With an outdoor soil grow, you’ll typically get a higher yield because plants aren’t limited by overhead space and the plants have room to spread out and grow. You’ll typically get 400g of bud per plant with outdoor soil-grown plants in optimal conditions. There are also certain strains that deliver higher yields outdoors.

With a hydroponic setup, you’ll typically get a smaller yield because your plants don’t have as much room to grow, and you may not get as much root development as you do in an outdoor soil grow. However, what you may lose in quantity, you often make up with quality. With a hydroponic setup, you can give your plants the exact amount of light, air, nutrients, and humidity that they require at each growth stage where you may not be able to regulate these important aspects with an outdoor grow. Weather conditions, including low temperatures, lack of sunlight, most significant and wind can negatively impact your plants and outdoor growing in Canada is limited to a much shorter growing season than an indoor hydroponic system which is year-round.

The cost of growing Cannabis outdoors is minimal and while it may cost a small investment to set up an indoor system, you’ll recoup the cost of the setup after several grows. Ultimately, the type of medium you choose to grow your cannabis plants will depend on many factors; space, outdoor environment, and possible financial restraints of an indoor setup.


Looking to engage in the world of cannabis cultivation? Grow and Share is the ideal platform designed to cater to both Growers and buyers of cannabis. Quality or quantity, the choice is yours when it comes to cultivating your cannabis and selecting the perfect strain. Whether you opt for a hydroponic system with its upfront investment or the natural allure of outdoor growth, the key lies in nurturing your plants. To ensure bountiful yields and top-notch cannabis buds, control light, nutrients, and humidity at each stage. If outdoor growth resonates with you, selecting a strain adapted to such conditions is paramount. Remember, it all begins with premium seeds and meticulous care, so as your experience in cannabis cultivation flourishes, so too will your yields – a testament to the principles of Grow and Share.

Do you grow using soil or hydroponically

  • Soil

  • Hydroponic


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