Soil or Hydro?


Whether walking into that grow store or you’re shopping online for your grow gear, one of the first questions you have to ask yourself is what medium are you going to grow?

Uh oh. Medium?

Take a deep breath, my friend, your buds over at Growers Network are going to help you make the best choice!

Soil Advantages:

  • Very forgiving
  • Easy
  • pH buffering and nutrient retention

Hydro Advantages:

  • Less water
  • Immediate results (nutrients uptake quickly by the plant)
  • Total control

Soil Drawbacks:

  • Insects
  • Messy
  • Disposal can be a pain

Hydro Drawbacks:

  • Less forgiving
  • Need to change reservoir at least once per week
  • Problems can manifest very quickly

What media have you tried? What worked well for you? What issues did you experience and what guidance might you offer the rest of us considering what medium to choose? What medium do you prefer?



Coco coir is similar to soil for the plant as far as support and when watering 2x a day creates a “hydroponic” system it’s fun to try different things
And see how fast your girls grow in different media



love them both. I made a hydroponic unit for my mom’s students to grow lettuce, lol.



Awesome! When I worked in a retail hydro store, I was always stoked when kids came in to get advice on their science fair projects or teachers come in to build hydro or recirculating aquaculture systems for their classrooms. These are our future growers of everything from our food to our herbs, so let’s teach them well! Thanks teachers and thanks @vonweeden for furthering their hydro education. :fist::evergreen_tree:



I use both, I have an indoor setup with 6 DWC Sites and an outdoor green house with 6 in there as well.

There are real pro’s and con’s to both. I have found the easiest way to explain the two is that Hydro is “less trouble shooting, and more maintenance” where soil is the opposite. With hydro you don’t have to worry about over or under watering, nutrient balance or what’s going on in the root zone. You just have to check and monitor it every day, clean it once a week and put in fresh nutrients.

Soil, well theres a lot of questions you can’t answer by looking directly at the medium. To me soil is much more “experience oriented” with significantly less maintenance.