5 Cannabis Strains Perfect For Deep Water Culture Hydroponics
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5 Cannabis Strains Perfect For Deep Water Culture Hydroponics

3 min

Deep water culture offers some serious benefits when compared to growing in soil. But not all strains react the same to this method. Try out these 5 cultivars for the best results!

Deep water culture (DWC) is a form of hydroponics that immerses roots in a water reservoir throughout the entire duration of the grow. Plants are suspended above the water in net pots filled with clay pebbles to keep them secure, and their roots grow down into the reservoir below where they uptake nutrients. The nutrient solution is aerated by a device called an air stone, which pumps air into the water and allows the roots to breathe.

What Is DWC?
DWC System

DWC is favoured by many cultivators because it’s very low maintenance and can easily be automated using timers, meaning it can be left alone for extended periods without intervention. Plants can also grow extremely large considering a large reservoir is provided. Nutrients are delivered directly to the roots, allowing strains to grow up to several centimetres per day in some cases.

DWC also removes the need to abide by a watering routine. The roots are permanently submerged—free to uptake as much water as they require. Practically any cannabis strain can be used in a DWC grow. However, some varieties are much better suited to this cultivation setup than others. Despite all the benefits of DWC, the lack of soil means there’s nothing to buffer the nutrients, and thus pH fluctuations are more common. As such, strains that can withstand a little bit of “turbulence” are best suited for this method. Check out the 5 best strains to use for DWC below!


Amnesia Haze (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Amnesia Haze is a strain known around the world for her fun and energetic sativa high, great productivity, and tantalising tastes. This lady was first bred in the European cannabis capital of Amsterdam using Haze genetics from California. This award-winning variety has seen great success in the competition circuit, and was victorious at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2004 and 2012. She produces a potent effect that borders on psychedelic—an electrifying high that takes hold of the neurons instantly and proceeds to elevate mood and provoke talkative and social behaviour. She's an excellent daytime smoke when looking to zone into work. Her flowers produce high levels of THC and medium quantities of CBD.

Amnesia Haze is a superb option for DWC. She grows to a medium height and can be cultivated with ease in limited space. Expect an indoor yield of around 600g/m² after a flowering period of 12–13 weeks.


Gorilla Glue (Zamnesia Seeds) Feminized

Gorilla Glue has a legendary status in the cannabis world. This variety is easily one of the more potent strains in existence, pumping out THC levels of between 24–26%, with some phenotypes even clocking in at 30%. Such power might seem like the result of a well planned breeding process, but the original Gorilla Glue was actually created by accident when a Chem Sis plant pollinated a Sour Dubb specimen. This well balanced hybrid produces a relaxing high that deeply stones the body, releases tension, extinguishes stress, and induces a meditative state. The terpene profile provides moreish notes of earth, sweetness, lemon, and pine.

Gorilla Glue is a great choice for DWC is you’re seeking potency. This lady will grow to a height of 90–150cm indoors and yield up to 560g/m² after a flowering time of 8–9 weeks.


Northern Light (Royal Queen Seeds)

Northern Lights is another titan strain that sits upon the pantheon of legendary genetics. This indica-dominant lady was created when genetics from a pure landrace strain were introduced to those of a Thai sativa. The result is an offspring loaded with alluring tastes, incredible potency, and therapeutic qualities. Northern Lights provides a soothing high that melts the muscles, diffuses tension, and makes the eyelids feel heavy. She’s an ideal smoke for the evening to help immerse yourself into the present moment and detach from the outside world for a while. This pleasant high is beneficial for stress, pain, and anxiety. Her buds ooze delicious flavour notes of fruit and sweetness.

Northern Lights is a productive strain that is highly compatible with DWC. Indoor plants grow to easily manageable heights of up to 120cm and are suitable for relatively small water reservoirs if space is an issue. Plants have a brief flowering time of 7 weeks and produce a rewarding yield of 500g/m².


Giant White Haze (Zamnesia Seeds) Feminized

Giant White Haze was born out of an ambitious breeding project involving legendary parent strains Haze and White Widow. This merging was a great success, and the progeny inherited the best traits of both parents. She’s equipped with an invigorating sativa high that sparks creative thoughts and helps the mind to hone in on a single task for long periods. Giant White Haze also offers therapeutic effects to medicinal users in terms of boosting appetite and decreasing anxiety. These effects are augmented by a terpene profile that generates tastes of earth and pine.

Giant White Haze is a highly productive strain that reaches a tall height. Plants grown using DWC will peak at a height of 200cm and yield around 600g/m² after 9–10 weeks of flowering.


Critical (Advanced Seeds)

If you’re a fan of body highs and nights spent satisfying the munchies, then try growing Critical via DWC. This indica-dominant strain has been the commercial grower’s go-to cash crop for years. Featuring characteristic hardiness in the grow room, she produces compact buds abundant with gooey, psychoactive resin. Prepare for a long-lasting and intense high that will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated. If you want to take her strong effect to another level, make some cannabutter and cook up some brownies.

Critical is a great option for DWC growers seeking large hauls from vigorous plants. After just 7 weeks, indoor plants produce around 400g/m².

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
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