Hydroponics: Grow Faster, Better with More Turnover

commercial cannabis facility that uses hydroponics


Quality AND Quantity: Hydroponics Explained

Hydroponics is a term used for growing plants in a medium without soil, also referred to as soil-less growing. This method is preferred by professionals that are growing cannabis indoors as it produces a more quality flower, higher consistency with lower risk of bugs and mold.  Hydroponics also yields three times the growth speed over soil growing methods, achieving up to double the number of harvests a soil system can accomplish in a year.


A hydroponics system may have a higher upfront cost than a soil growing system since there is more equipment involved in the installation. However, you will significantly reduce your use of labour, water and nutrients with a hydroponics system, making it advantageous in the long run. That’s why hydroponics is favoured by commercial growers and individual growers alike.


The Most Common Methods
of Hydroponics


Deep Water Culture


Nutrient Film


Drip Rockwool

Deep Water Culture

Deep Water Culture is a method of hydroponics in which your plant sits in a net-pot and the roots grow into a bucket of aerated water that is recirculated through the entire hydroponics system. Instead of the roots living in the air with nutrients brought to them, this is reversed, the roots sit in the nutrients and the oxygen is brought to them.
Deep Water Culture is commonly done in 5-gallon buckets and is best for growing larger bushes or trees. This system is one of the more advanced methods and requires a bit more equipment for water control.


Nutrient Film Technique

Nutrient film technique is a hydroponic method of growing plants in which your plants have the nutrient solution brought to them to continuously or intermittently pass over a non absorbent plant medium such as clay rock or a PVC pipe.​

Nutrient film technique is a method where the nutrient solution is passed over the roots and is great for someone stepping up from a drain to waste system


Drip Rockwool Drain-to-Waste
Rock-wool drain to waste is an excellent system for the scalability and ease of maintenance that many large scaled cannabis facilities need. You will see a lot of both beginners and professional growers using this method with its tidy clean-up and excellent absorption rate, while not really being able to over-water.
Its ease of operation extends into the cloning and vegetative as well. Being square cubes of even proportions they fit uniformly together on cloning trays and vegetative racks. Making this an easy method for busy, large-scale production. ​


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4trees Cannabis Building specializes in hydroponics and has meticulously fine-tuned a range of automated hydroponic systems that can be used for cannabis cultivation.

For over 20 years we have been designing, developing and field-testing the best methods of hydroponics. Our team would be pleased to share our knowledge with you to help your business grow.

Today we are proud to be able to bring the level of experience with hydroponics that Canada’s cannabis cultivation industry needs. When you come to us for help with hydroponics, we provide you with fully automated, turnkey DIY instructions designed specifically for your space.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Growing cannabis using a hydroponic system offers faster growth with more control, automation and less invitation to bugs and moulds. Hydroponics is the preferred way to grow for most professional cannabis cultivators. Plants grown in hydroponics will also be richer in terpenes and cannabinoids due to the added focus on root health.

If you have further questions regarding using hydroponics for cannabis cultivation, contact us today for a cannabis consultation for your micro cultivation in Victoria!

The most common hydroponics methods used for cannabis growing are deep water culture, nutrient film technique and drip rockwool (drain-to-waste). Each of these methods offers unique features that are more appealing to some than others depending on your skill level and cannabis cultivation goals.

If you have any more questions about the common hydroponics methods used for growing cannabis, get in touch with us today!

Yes, we can. We offer cannabis facility consulting services that include designing and building a commercial cannabis facility. Our team brings in-depth knowledge and understanding of cannabis growing systems along with Health Canada’s stringent requirements for standard producer facilities. Our grow room designs in Victoria are Health Canada approved and designed by master cannabis growers and licensed engineers.

Contact us today if you’re interested in working with us for cannabis facility planning or designing and building a hydroponics system for your micro cultivation in Victoria.

Yes, we do. 4Trees Building offers training and apprenticeship programs for new growers or anyone looking to improve their skills. Our monthly programs are structured and can be catered to your facility’s specific growing style, strain, lighting and nutrients. We also have weekly programs to keep you learning at the right pace and your cultivation in check.

Contact us today for more information on our training and apprenticeship programs for new growers.

Of course, we can. We offer cannabis consultation in Victoria and across Canada (virtually). We can work with you from beginning to end, or our team can step in at any stage of your project and help you ensure that your vision is fulfilled! Send us a picture of your current setup with some information about your growing facility and our team will provide some insight on where to improve!

Book a cannabis consultation in Victoria with us today to find out more about how we can help you improve your current micro cultivation facility.