A Guide to Deep Water Culture (DWC)

June 30, 2017 by Lineage Grow

Deep water culture is a simple variation of hydroponics and is a growing method that’s preferred by countless cultivators worldwide.

Out of all the cultivation options available today, DWC is by far one of the most superior. Not only does it lower water and labor costs but it also shortens growth cycles and decreases insect infestation risks. The basic components of a deep water culture system may seem simple enough but there are several other requirements that need to be met in order for it to successfully produce high-quality craft cannabis.

How does deep water culture work?

The primary purpose of the DWC growing method is to eliminate the need for soil and reduce the need to continuously hydrate your plants.

The cannabis plant roots are submerged in nutrient-rich water that is continuously oxygenated with the help of infusion pumps. While many might think that this would increase the risk of root rot, the highly oxygenated water paired with a controlled microclimate has the complete opposite effect. Not only does the deep water culture method result in exceptional root growth but the plant’s growth rate and size increase too.

In order to use the DWC method to successfully cultivate craft cannabis, specific nutrients need to be added to the water every 2 – 3 weeks to achieve an ideal PH balance, a process that does require specific knowledge and experience. Having the right systems in place to regulate the temperature and recirculate the water are other processes that need to be perfected in order to successfully use this growing method.

Lineage Grow has mastered the art of deep water culture. Our systems make use of sensors and probes that enable real-time measurement of our plants’ responses to lighting and nutrient adjustments, allowing us to cultivate larger yields for our customers.

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