The green revolution is spreading across borders, states, and countries. The legalization of the use of cannabis to several states and countries has opened many opportunities for cannabis consumers to explore this amazing weed. Most cannabis consumers have also ventured into cultivation and tried their green thumb in growing their very own garden with their favorite cannabis strain.
For first time growers, cannabis growing can be fun yet challenging. There are so many things to consider like the best nutrients for cannabis, which location, is it going to be indoor growing or outdoor growing, and which strain is perfect for your set up. These things need to be considered when you are cultivating your very own cannabis garden.
In the process of growing cannabis, one of the very important things to know and must know is what to feed your cannabis plant. Knowing what are the best nutrients to use in keeping your plants healthy will help you achieve top quality yield.
What are the Best Nutrients for Cannabis?
In growing cannabis, we tend to get overwhelmed on what to do and what to give our plants so that they grow and stay healthy. We give them the right care and nutrients. But not all nutrients are healthy for your plants. Here are the best nutrients for cannabis:
- Nitrogen. This element is very important in your plant’s growth, especially during their vegetative stage. Nitrogen is an important part of chlorophyll and without it, the plant will not be able to turn the energy it gets from the sunlight into useful energy thus it will hamper its growth. Nitrogen is also an important part of the building block of proteins called amino acids. Without the amino acids, the cannabis plant will grow weak and frail thus you will not have quality yield because of unhealthy plants. Worst, it can destroy your plants. Nitrogen is also an important part of what is called an ATP. The ATP allows the plant cell to manage its use of energy. Nitrogen is very important in creating the DNA or the RNA which is very important in your plant’s growth.
- Phosphorus is an important element if you want to produce healthy and big buds. This element is used to be able to build the structure as it grows from the roots up to the flowers. Without the right amount of phosphorus, the plants will have underdeveloped roots and may not even flower. Notice purple hues in the veins of the leaves for these are signs that your plant is experiencing signs of phosphorus deficiency.
- Potassium is an essential element in the early stages of your plant’s growth. It helps regulate the system that keeps the plant grow healthy. Potassium is very important in osmoregulation which is the passive regulation of the water and the salt concentrations in the plant. The potassium controls the opening and closing of the stomata which is the process of how the CO2, H2O, and the oxygen interact with each other. It also triggers the production of ATP which stores the food that is produced during photosynthesis. Without enough potassium, the plant will grow weak as they will starve for energy. They will appear burnt because they cannot regulate CO2, HO2, and oxygen.
- Calcium. This element is very important in keeping together the structure of the plant’s cell wall. The calcium in the plant allows new growth to develop. Calcium will allow leaves to grow. Be aware that when your plant is suffering from Calcium deficiency, you will see curling leaves and rusty spots.
- Magnesium is an essential element that is responsible in the central molecule in the chlorophyll and without it, the cannabis plant can produce glucose during photosynthesis. The magnesium produces the energy for the plant. When the magnesium has helped in the production of glucose, it helps metabolize it so that the plant can use it. Magnesium deficit plants will give you yellowing leaves with the discoloration reaching part of the veins.
Aside from the aforementioned minerals, some non-mineral materials or elements are obtained from nature like water and air, and these are:
These three non-mineral elements are very important in which without them there is no way that your plants will be able to grow. Several mineral nutrients are groups and called micronutrients. These micronutrients are:
Cannabis plants are very versatile and they can adapt to a different method of growing. For several methods of growing several other nutrients may be needed. For hydroponic growing which is the cultivation method of cultivating plants without soil, substrates like coco air, Rockwool, and clay pebbles, be helpful for the plant’s growth. In using these minerals, it is important to carefully apply hydroponic nutrients because overfeeding may hamper the plant’s growth or damage the plant.
The key to successful growth is to know the basics. Growing cannabis is a fun and rewarding experience but the key to achieve that is to know what to do. Since cannabis cultivation is becoming a trend, you may not need to worry about the nutrients that you need to provide your plants. There are also mixed and prepared soil that you can purchase for your garden. Regardless of which method you use, just make sure that you will be able to provide the needed nutrients for your plants.
Achieving a good harvest requires you to take care of your plants. Taking care of your plants means that you will be able to give them the right environment and give them the right nutrients that they need. Growing cannabis means taking some of your time so you can take care of your plants. Be very keen on observing your plants if in any way they are suffering any deficiency.
Knowing the best nutrients for cannabis will help you grow healthy cannabis plants and of course produce high-quality yield. Every grower’s dream is to be able to have good quality cannabis from their gardens. This is achievable for as long as you can provide what your plants need and give them the care that they need.