Cannabis is a relatively temperamental plant which requires the right type of nutrients in order to grow the maximum buds. It requires what other living plants need, which is light, water, air, the right temperature, a certain amount of humidity and necessary fertilization via nutrients. Off the shelf nutrients for most plants are not right for cannabis plants. Only the right nutrients enable cannabis to grow properly and reach high potency. Cannabis plants require a constant dose of phosphorous, potassium, nitrogen, and an extra dose of what is normally found in soil – calcium, sulfur, and magnesium, as well as other elements that are used for the right cannabis fertilization process. Cannabis is cultivated for human consumption though, so never let that leave your mind when shopping for the best cannabis nutrients.
Cannabis plants have long been cultivated and used for ceremonial use by various cultures who believe in producing certain psychotropic behavior or medicinal benefit. In addition, parts of Cannabis plants have been used to create paper, oils, cereals, clothing, and many other products. The ultimate guide to Cannabis nutrients, includes varied methods, involving some of the following nutrient farming ideas:
Vermiculite and Perlite are pellet type fertilizers that belong to a group of aluminum-iron magnesium silicates, which look like mica and which are very popular in growing certain species of plants. They are used in cannabis soil to help aerate the soil and to add more water and to trap and keep its air potassium, magnesium, and calcium nutrients in place, for leaching slowly into the cannabis soil. Vermiculite and Perlite soil ratios will be different from hydroponic growing fertilization, hydroponic ratios will be 50% more concentrated than soil use, which is one part per ten parts.
What about white vinegar, which is a panacea for many applications in our daily life, including cannabis. A white vinegar and baking soda combination is chemically great for this plant because the vinegar’s acidic composition gels with the caustic baking soda to create vast amounts of carbon dioxide for cannabis potency, width, and height. The method for this natural combination is through a slow drip method, like an I.V. Drip.
Another technique for Cannabis nutrients involves using organic soil and pairing it with other organic nutrients. Look for photosynthesis nutrient ingredients that include organic worm castings, blood meal, coco coir, fish bone meal, epsom salt, bat guano, powdered humic acid, azomite, dolomite and compost tea. Organic combinations contain 60% more nutrition, they are free from pesticides, fungicides, and other unhealthy chemicals. Cannabis plants are very hungry growths. They soak up anything that its roots touch and they can continue to grow in toxic environments, albeit is weakened in potency. Anyone who tells you that Miracle Gro or other non-organic, food safe pesticides are okay to use, are incorrect. Never use Miracle Gro. Even with proper organic fertilizers, be sure to properly flush your plants.
Cannabis nutrients are specially designed to accommodate each growth stage of this plant. There is the “germination” stage, which naturally occurs when its seeds crack open and the seedling produces a root. The “seedling” stage starts producing its leaves and stems that need to be supported. The seedling stage last between 1 and 3 weeks, growing new, stronger leaves, while older leaves may drop off. Additional growth, between 1 and 5 months, allows growers to learn the sex of their plants. The next stage is “pre-flowering,” which is the slowest and near final stage of a healthy, strong cannabis plant. The pre-flowering stage is when it starts to produce more branches and develops calyx nodes, which is between 1 day to 2 weeks. The “flowering” stage is male and female differential time. Flowers will continue to grow and the male pollen sacks will spread to the female flowers. If the female plant has received a sufficient amount of pollen, then seeds grow, between 2 weeks to 16 weeks, to maturity. Be sure when purchasing nutrients, to take heed of what stage of the growth cycle the nutrients should be integrated.
Cannabis plant nutrients are vitally important to its growth, there is more to its production than placing seedlings in a soil environment for producing a higher, stronger yield. Knowing the right nutrients for both indoor and outdoor growth, as well as, the right amount of nutrients is true cannabis farming and harvesting a good crop. Good luck, and remember to Get High!