Top 5 cannabis seeds to grow in hydroponics
The majority of cannabis strains will grow well in hydroponic conditions. When cannabis hydroponics is done well, the optimised conditions offered can allow hydroponics to outstrip growth rates from just about any other cultivation method assuming other factors (lighting, nutrient management etc) are well controlled. But which cannabis seeds will really shine in a hydroponic grow and why? Which cannabis genetics have the breeding and potential to produce XXL yields of resin drenched buds? Read on to see some great pictures of the best cannabis strains enjoying life in the hydroponic fast lane.
What is hydroponic cannabis growing?
Hydroponics is a type of horticulture used for growing cannabis and other crops. Specifically, hydroponics is a form of hydro culture which involves growing plants/crops without soil. Instead the mineral content of the nutrient solution provides the necessary food for plant growth. The cannabis roots may be held in place with clay pebbles, perlite or other inert support materials and may have their oxygen needs boosted by being bathed in a stream of air bubbles.
|Expert guide to hydroponic cannabis growing|
Best cannabis strains for hydroponic growing
All the Dutch Passion cannabis strains can be grown in hydroponics with great results. But some cannabis seeds can deliver quite exceptional results when the hydroponic cannabis conditions are really dialled in and optimised. The best cannabis strains for hydroponic growing show intense growth vigour. Get the lighting conditions optimised with a high quality LED grow light and you can see branch-breaking harvests.
Of course it helps if you have the experience to maintain the plants in the nutrient ‘sweet spot’ without over-feeding or under-feeding from cannabis seed to harvest. It also helps to deliver top-shelf results if you can maintain optimised environmental conditions. Get all that right and you can see some genuinely astonishing results. The following strains come with our highest recommendations to hydroponic cannabis growers.
Auto Ultimate, exceptional yields of very high THC cannabis
Auto Ultimate is simply one of the best yielding autoflower seeds ever released by Dutch Passion. She does well under 20 hours of daily light from autoflower seed to harvest. This indoor grow timing schedule also works well for the entire range of Dutch Passion autoflower strains.
Unlike other autos, Auto Ultimate has a slightly longer growth cycle of around 12-15 weeks. Whilst this may be a month or so longer than other autoflowers, the extra time is required for Auto Ultimate to complete production of her extravagant XXL yields. The crystal covered buds grind up into a deliciously scented oily slurry which burns with an audible sizzle. These are high quality buds with powerful stress-dissolving effects which bring a smile to your soul.
The longer cycle time, in combination with the one-of-a-kind XXL genetics, are highly recommended to any hydroponic cannabis grower. Crazy yields don't infer quality compromises either. THC levels are officially rated as very high (around and perhaps just over 20% THC) and will satisfy the most demanding users.
Auto Ultimate is part of the Classic Cannabis seed family. These strains are established and fully proven customer favourites with several cannabis cup winners amongst the ranks. Auto Ultimate’s photoperiod feminised seed sister is called The Ultimate and also has the same outrageous yields.
|Must-see 1Kg Auto Ultimate hydroponic harvest from The King|
Auto Think Different, powerful sativa genetics with insane vigour
Auto Think Different enjoys a fantastic reputation for heavy yielding, bushy plants with numerous blooms. She grows well in all grow methods, but really excels in a hydroponic set-up where her insatiable appetite for bud production can be fully met.
These sativa genetics deliver very high THC levels. In good conditions with LED and perhaps a touch of supplemental UVA/UVB light you can expect THC levels around and perhaps above 20%. These are seriously powerful genetics with a soaring ‘up’ high. It’s a blissfully pleasurable experience, and a long lasting one too.
Think Different typically takes around 11 weeks from autoflower seed to harvest. But if you don't mind waiting a couple of weeks longer you may want to try a hydroponic cannabis grow of Auto Think Big. Auto Think Big is a heavy yielding, slower blooming selection of Think Different. The genetics can take around 13 weeks from autoflower seed to harvest but will deliver exceptionally heavy auto harvests.
|Auto Think Different grown under LED, HPS & Plasma in hydroponics by The King|
Orange Hill Special, citrus skunk with epic THC rating
If you prefer hydroponic cannabis growing with photo dependent feminised seeds instead of autoflower seeds, then Orange Hill Special really ought to be in your seed collection. Orange Hill Special is one of a select group of elite Dutch Passion strains to quality for the rare Extremely High THC seed category. This means that 25%+ THC levels can be attained.
Bear in mind that average Dutch coffeeshop weed is 16% THC, as measured in official Dutch government studies. Even premium priced coffeeshop strains measured around 18% THC. So in the real world, anything with 25% THC or more is truly exceptional and guaranteed to satisfy!
With genetics from the multi cannabis cup winning original Orange Bud and the legendary 1970’s Californian Orange you are guaranteed an anxiety-busting experience. Orange Hill Special delivers genuine XL results in hydroponics with a strong citrus scent and occasional autumnal blue/purple hues in the buds.
If you demand the highest potency levels from your crops and enjoy growing feminised cannabis seeds, then Orange Hill Special is the perfect selection for you!
|Orange Hill Special grown in Deep Water Culture (‘DWC’) hydroponics with LED|
Glueberry OG, Gorilla Glue meets Blueberry & OG Kush with predictably mind numbing results
The USA Special cannabis seed collection has been home to some of the best selling strains in recent years. Loud flavours combine with banging THC levels to produce some hugely enjoyable strains. Perhaps first amongst these is the legendary Glueberry OG, with genetics from Gorilla Glue, Blueberry and OG Kush.
These hybrid seeds take around 8 weeks in bloom and produce rock hard buds with a distinctive Kush taste and a deep fruity aroma. The effects are intensely enjoyable, you can kick back in style and enjoy the connoisseur high from the rich layered taste of the illustrious parent strains. Combine the cannabis cup winning genetics with a hydroponics system and you have a combination that should deliver very special results!
|Glueberry OG grown in DWC hydroponics with LED grow lights|
Mokum’s Tulip, the sweet taste of Amsterdam is a perfect match for hydroponics
Anyone that loves the sweet unique taste of Gelato in their weed will love Mokum’s Tulip seeds. This Gelato/Sherbet hybrid leans slightly to the indica side and packs one of the best terpene profiles ever seen by the Dutch Passion team.
In the short time since her release, Mokum’s Tulip has picked up several cannabis cups including 1st Prize in the prestigious ‘Clouds In The City’ Amsterdam Cup. The flavour explosion comes thanks to some exceptional genetics and are complemented by very high THC levels and heavy yields. Growing Mokum’s Tulip feminised seeds in a hydroponics system is the best way to maximise your yields of these connoisseur quality buds.
Fans of autoflowering cannabis seeds should check out Auto Mokum’s Tulip which takes around 12 weeks to grow from seed to harvest. Like all Dutch Passion autoflower seeds, she is easy and straightforward to grow - even for less experienced growers.
|Mokum’s Tulip very high THC seeds grown in an Autopot and Wilma system|
How to pick cannabis seeds to grow in hydroponics
If you’re growing seeds from an established cannabis seed supplier then you usually needn't worry too much about whether the seeds will grow well in hydroponics. Competent marijuana seed suppliers tent not to tolerate cannabis genetics which are excessively fussy or unable to grow well with across a broad range of conditions. But it helps if you’re selecting proven cannabis seeds from a company with a solid reputation and perhaps a few cannabis cups. That's often a sign that your seed supplier takes their work seriously.
Do plenty of research on your preferred strains. You may be able to find online reports from other growers. Dutch Passion have a full collection of customer grow reviews written over many years. If you haven't seen Dutch Passion’s customer reviews you can find the full collection here:
|Dutch Passion Grow Reports|
Other things that can help you decide on a strain for your next hydroponics grow would be to evaluate any lab reports on terpene profiles and cannabinoid analysis. Not all companies can be bothered with the expense and time required to produce these reports, but the contents of them are incredibly valuable for serious growers.
No-one wants to spend 3-4 months growing seeds only to feel disappointed with the result. Dutch Passion use fully independent analytical laboratories for full transparency when it comes to results. Many seed suppliers don't do any testing at all! You don't buy that many cannabis seeds each year, choose them wisely from a supplier you can trust.
If you struggle to decide which weed seeds to grow next, then the Dutch Passion Seed Finder may help you fine-tune your options. The Seed Finder asks you some questions about your preferences and your grow situation before recommending the best autoflower seeds or feminised seeds for your circumstances. You can check out the Seed Finder here.
Top tips for growing cannabis seeds with hydroponics
Use of LED grow lights is recommended to any serious grower hoping to get the best possible result from their prized cannabis seeds and a hydroponics system. The optimised LED light spectrum and superior efficiency makes for higher THC levels and better overall plant growth.
The reduced heat levels mean less heat stress for your plants and reduced need for air conditioning in warmer climates. LED lights also mean you won't need to spend cash on replacement HPS bulbs. If you’re serious about getting the best from your cannabis seeds then LED should be very high on your grow room gadget wish list.
One other tip for any hydroponics growers is to consider UVA/UVB light supplementation for the last 2-3 weeks of bloom. Just 2-3 hours a day of UVA/UVB light can boost terpenes and cannabinoids in the run up to harvest.
Enjoy growing your cannabis seeds in hydroponics!
Hydroponics may seem a little more demanding than other grow methods but you may find that your yields are heavier than those possible with other grow methods. You may also find that your plants reach maturity a few days (or even a week) earlier when grown with hydroponics compared to e.g. soil.
Hydroponic cannabis growers may have a relatively steep learning curve compared to other grow methods. But few established hydroponics cannabis growers complain about their results - especially when using the best cannabis seeds.