100% Hydroton Hempy

  • Good morning everyone! So I spent the day installing and upgrading a new add-on for AFN that effects our vendor and breeder forums. It's the same setup that we are using on High of the Tiger, but we didn't realize it would effect members a bit differently here on how it's been received.

    The major benefit of the add-on is that it allows breeders/vendors a global calendar (that they add their own events to,) a group media gallery, group discussion area, an information/about tab, and a few other goodies that should make the experience overall a better one.

    One major caveat to point out, the new groups (where you see the overlay) unfortuantely *REQUIRE* you to join them in order to post in them. This is done by design of the software (and I understand why,) however it's been requested to see if we can circumvent this somehow. I will inquire to the developer to see if it's an option available or one that can be added to future versions. So to be clear, you MUST JOIN the group to be able to post and reply, even if your existing threads were there before. We apologize for this minor inconvenience but it's a one-time deal and then it's back to business :-)
  • Hey we're testing out our new Raffle/Giveaway software and wanted to invite you all to try it out with us for a chance to win a Smokin' Screws pipe screen!

    This will be for USA-based growers only (to start,) and the only requirements are 25 minimum post count to put in an entry (which you can do once per hour!)

    Click Here to Enter!
Cannabis Seeds

totemtoke

Auto Warrior
Jan 8, 2015
8
1
0
Hey guys

Would utilising 100% hydroton balls be a bad idea?

My experience with 100% perlite hempy has been tainted by the mess, bouyancy and occasional blockages my 100% hempy entailed.

I'd like to use a ebb & flow or dwc system but I'm never in my country for more than 2 months. I usually go away for 2 or 3 weeks so a drain-to-waste system is all I can use without employing someone.

Also, how often do you have to change out a drain-to-waste nutrient reservoir? I'm planning to set up a big nutrient reservoir that'll automatically water the hempy while I'm outta town.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Animatey

Animatey

Died drinking compost tea
Jul 14, 2013
486
519
10
Hey guys

Would utilising 100% hydroton balls be a bad idea?

My experience with 100% perlite hempy has been tainted by the mess, bouyancy and occasional blockages my 100% hempy entailed.

I'd like to use a ebb & flow or dwc system but I'm never in my country for more than 2 months. I usually go away for 2 or 3 weeks so a drain-to-waste system is all I can use without employing someone.

Also, how often do you have to change out a drain-to-waste nutrient reservoir? I'm planning to set up a big nutrient reservoir that'll automatically water the hempy while I'm outta town.
Hey man, I have tried this before and didn't have great success with it. The experience taught me not to experiment too much with unconventional methods unless you are willing to risk an unsuccessful grow.

I have seen people talk about doing it, but its rare to find a journal where someone did it successfully.

Maybe you could try doing one or two plants this way alongside your plants using perlite. That way if it didn't work out, the loss wouldn't be so huge and if it did work out you'd be able to switch over fully on your next grow.

Good luck with your grow!
 
Last edited:

Animatey

Died drinking compost tea
Jul 14, 2013
486
519
10
Hey guys

Would utilising 100% hydroton balls be a bad idea?

My experience with 100% perlite hempy has been tainted by the mess, bouyancy and occasional blockages my 100% hempy entailed.

I'd like to use a ebb & flow or dwc system but I'm never in my country for more than 2 months. I usually go away for 2 or 3 weeks so a drain-to-waste system is all I can use without employing someone.

Also, how often do you have to change out a drain-to-waste nutrient reservoir? I'm planning to set up a big nutrient reservoir that'll automatically water the hempy while I'm outta town.
Oh also, If you dont like mess, another option for drain to waste is rockwool. With automated drip systems you can grow full size plants in the 6 inch rockwool cubes.

As far as frequency of changing out rez, it depends on the size of the rez. I don't know exact numbers, but I would guess that with some circulation inside a large rez, you could leave it for 10 or more days.
 

ColoradoDreaming420

Almost type I on the Karashev Scale
Dec 3, 2018
478
1,551
10
Hey guys

Would utilising 100% hydroton balls be a bad idea?

My experience with 100% perlite hempy has been tainted by the mess, bouyancy and occasional blockages my 100% hempy entailed.

I'd like to use a ebb & flow or dwc system but I'm never in my country for more than 2 months. I usually go away for 2 or 3 weeks so a drain-to-waste system is all I can use without employing someone.

Also, how often do you have to change out a drain-to-waste nutrient reservoir? I'm planning to set up a big nutrient reservoir that'll automatically water the hempy while I'm outta town.
Absoultly not. Straight clay pebbles works great in fabric pots. I grow in only clay pebbles. Just finished a grow in tje fabrics pots with really great results in an ebb and flow. However, the root mass and pebbles made it almost impossible to save the pot after ward. So now Im running clay pebbles in the air pots. Since i can easily wash these down and reuse mutilple times. In a drain to waste the only issue I see you running into is the pebbles wont hold moisture as well as coco or soil requiring more feeding. And if your doing some afk farming a drain to waste system will need a very large reservoir. An ebb and flow might work better. They recommend changing water out ever 7-10 days. But quite a few people get away with only changing it once or twice per grow. Just keep good circulation and your good.