Definition - What does Drip System mean?
In cannabis cultivation, a drip system is a type of system that is used when growing plants hydroponically. A drip hydroponic systems refers to a system in which water and nutrients are mixed together to form a nutrient solution that is then dripped slowly onto or into the marijuana's root zone.
In order for this to happen, drip irrigation systems involve using one or more drip emitters that drip the water and nutrient solution onto the surface of a grow media, as opposed to spraying it on or washing it over the roots in large quantities.
Hydrolife explains Drip System
Drip systems are versatile for growing cannabis plants as they can be set up using containers, which is where each plant has its own pot and its own emitter, or set up in grow beds, which is where multiple cannabis plants share the same root zone area.
Either way, the nutrient solution gets pumped up from a reservoir through tubing and is delivered to the tops of the grow media. From here, it drips from the tubing, evenly coating the growing media surface. It then eventually drains to the bottom of the container, coating the plant roots as it goes.
Drip systems are also simple to set up and economical to run. This is because they reduce the amount of water in the growroom that is lost through evaporation, leaching, and runoff. In a drip hydroponic system, plants are given only what they need, and make good use of what they are given. This ensures more profitable yields over time.
There are two types of drip systems marijuana growers use: recovery (recirculating) drip systems and non-recovery (non-recirculating) drip systems. The names of the systems relate to what happens to the nutrient solution once it is done dripping over the growing media. Most growers opt to have the nutrients recirculate in order to save resources and money, but recirculating systems such as these require the grower to pay close attention to the quality and contents of the nutrient solution, because it is continually changing as plants feed.