Cannabis is slowly seeing acceptance in several places across the globe as a medical product. Although its use was discovered quite some time ago, only recently did it find large scale acceptance.
If you are looking to grow cannabis, then it is very essential to get the basics of its nutrition right. Like most plants, the needs of cannabis too are quite simple and basic. All that the plant really needs is air, water, light and nutrients.
You need to provide them with the right nutrients to improve the quality. So much so, that when you finally come around to smoking it, you’ll be blown away with the effect that it produces. With growing of cannabis gaining popularity, and experimentation being at an all time high, you will need to figure out the best nutrients which need to be added, to help the healthy growth of the plant.
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Guide to choosing the right nutrients for cannabis
Every plant requires the right nutrients to aid its growth, and cannabis is no different in this regard. Although a review of every single product is virtually impossible, we can give you a few guidelines on how to choose the right nutrients for growing cannabis.
- Does the product come as a single component or is it split up into a number of little parts? If you do not have sufficient time on your hands, are a first time marijuana grower or are looking for something that is easy to use, then the former kind is preferable. If you are comfortable with using the chart and mixing the right ratio of nutrients, then the latter is preferable. With the latter, you can change the formula with respect to the life cycle of the plant.
- Avoid anything which has incorporated P-K 13/14 in it. It is a deadly combination of potassium and phosphoric acid, and acts as overkill. It puts the plant under severe strain, in order to ‘force’ it to flower. Overfeeding P-K to the plant can ruin it.
- If you are using the product for the very first time, buy a small sample. Use it to test on your test group of plants, before making use of the same on your precious cannabis plant. A lot of times, the claims being made by the product do not necessarily materialise.
- Test more than a single product on your plants, in order to determine the right one for your cannabis plant. This helps in figuring out the fertiliser which is most suitable for time release.
- If you know someone who is already growing cannabis, then it is wise to get their opinion, regarding the best fertiliser to be used on your plants. Before you go on to buy the same product that is being utilised, compare their method of cultivation as well as environmental factors with that of yours.
We have helped to narrow down your search by putting together a list of 5 products which are good for your cannabis plants.
1. Fox Farm
Fox Farm is one of those few brands, which understand that the needs of the plant change as it grows. Begin using the fertiliser with Grow Big Hydro, which helps the plant achieve abundant green growth. When you find buds or even flowers in your plant, you will need to begin using Tiger Bloom.
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Make use of Big Bloom, throughout every single cycle, as it helps in healing the root systems of the plant. Apart from that, it helps in increasing the nutrient cycling as well. This particular product is perfect to be used for late-season, mature flowers as well as fruits.
2. Dyna – Gro
This product is rich in both micro as well as macro nutrients. It constitutes 16 different minerals, all of which are essential for the optimum growth of the plant. It comes in an easy to use, liquid concentrate form, which has to be mixed in the right proportion with water and applied to the plant.
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The formula can be used for indoor plants, outdoor plants and also hydroponic plants. Although the bottle contains just 11 ounces of the liquid, it does last long. This is because a small quantity needs to be mixed in a gallon of water before application.
Vital Earth’s Guano Mix 7-7-2
This Guano mix from Vital Earth has the right quantity of bat guano, as well as seabird guano. This completely organic fertiliser is perfect if you are looking for something which supports intense growth, as well as improvement of crop yields. The blend of guano provided, ensures that it combines the best of both land, and sea.
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As though the advantages that it provides on its own aren’t enough, it can be made use of to make excellent liquid fertilisers and compost tea, all of which are beneficial for the plants. If you need a product to make the soil rich in nutrients, then your search ends here.
4. Spray-N-Grow SMPERFECT
This kit from Spray-N-Grow comes with not one or two, but three products. The products are Spray-N-Grow Micronutrients, Coco-Wet and Bill’s Perfect Fertiliser. While the first product, as the name signifies, provides the plant with all the essential vitamins, the second one improves nutrient absorption and the third is a plant food. The combination of all the three products, ensure that the plants grow up to be healthy.
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It comes with instructions and is extremely simple to mix as well as apply. This organic blend is perfect if you are looking for a no hassle product, while at the same time it produces amazing results.
5. Age Old Organics, Bloom
The name of the product, very clearly announces that it is made for helping the plant, with flower formation. Unlike several products in this category, it does not force the plant to produce flowers, but encourages it. It isn’t just the flowering process that it helps with; you will also begin to notice an increase, in the formation of root mass in the plant.
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It comprises of fast-acting phosphorous, which is what encourages the plant to flower early, and produce better fruits. It is available as a concentrate and must be diluted as per the instructions in order to see the best results.
Irrespective of which product you choose to use on your cannabis plants, be sure to first test it onto a batch of non-flowering plants. This will help you understand the effect it has on the plant, and when you are satisfied with what you see, use it on cannabis.