Feeding Your Plants

Feeding Your Plants

By T B Green

How grows it tokers? This week I’m going to cover how to feed your luscious ladies with organic liquid fertilizers. No matter how you grow your herb; whether it is grown in potted soil, potted soil-less mix, or hydroponics, even aeroponics you’ll end up utilizing these nutrient rich products to ensure your plants are getting everything they need to thrive and produce high quality resinous buds. So, little argument is needed when I say that this is an important subject that will be a main contributor to your success as a grower. Learning how to feed your plants properly will be important to the overall success of your grow and bud production because you are trying to create an environment where all of your plants needs are met. Of course your plant has several needs such as ample light, consistent photo-cycles, good air circulation, an environment free of natural predators or any other factor that can create needless stress. However, out of all of the aforementioned needs that your plant has, proper feeding is probably the easiest to mess up on, meaning that it’s an important factor to master as soon as possible. Improper or lack of feeding can either lead to situations of nutrient toxicity, or deficiency, neither of which is worse than the other, as either way your plants won’t be happy. As a result, the quality of your buds will be sub-par… Don’t fret though; T.B. is here to show you the way. I’ve made the mistakes for you already; I’ve taken the hard knocks and lumps in the past and have a feeding method that will surely work for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about having a weed crop that is tore up from the floor up :)

Before you select you head down to your local indoor gardening store to buy some nutrients, there are a couple things to consider. First is, what will you be growing your paca lolo in, soil? Soil-less? Hydroponics? This is an important thing to know before purchasing any nutrients as there are special nutrients for each type of growth method. I.E. General Hydroponics line is a fully synthetic line that is designed for 100% soil-less hydroponic systems. The line made by General Organics nutrients are 100% organic but are much more versatile than its cousin line General Hydroponic. Unlike GH, GO can be used in all three types of grows; from potted soil to soil-less Hydroponic systems. Then there are nutrient lines like that by Fox Farms that are designed specifically to work in soil, and only soil. When push comes to shove, no matter which brand you elect to use, I would always recommend utilizing organic nutrients in your dagga garden. Keep in mind that weather you’re eating it or smoking it, you are still putting it your body. If you can’t pronounce it, it has no place in your herb or your body, but that’s just my personal opinion. Lastly before you make that important purchase I would recommend doing a little bit of research before heading into the garden shop so you have an idea of what you’re looking for product wise. While many of the people that work in those hydro shops can be an absolute treasure trove of valuable information and will point you in the right direction as to which nutes will best suit your needs, there are plenty of douche bags that don’t have the answers you’re looking for. They don’t want to take ownership for their lack of knowledge and will tell you anything just to scoot you out the door, so buyer beware.

Once you have you’re the nutes that suit your needs and the rest of your garden in order you are now ready to get growing. But just because you are ready to sow your seed doesn’t mean that any nutrients are required yet. That all goes back again to how your growing. If your growing in soil you can probably get away with just using water without any liquid fertilizer for the first month or so (unless your soil has an extended release fertilizer mixed in, in which case you may not need to use any added fertilizer but often times those extended release formulas are synthetic.) If you are using a soil-less medium such as rock wool or coir you may want to use an extremely benign nutrient formula on you seedlings such as BIO ROOT which has NPK rating of 1-1-1. Even then, feel free go with half the recommended dosage. IF your using a coir based soil mix such as Roots organic you can get away feeding with just water probably for the first two weeks of growth and you will be just fine. No matter which way you grow, I would always recommend starting your use of nutrient at a fraction of the recommended amount on the bottle, this way the plants are eased into their presence. Slowly work your green ladies up to the full recommended dosage over a period of two to three weeks.

Lastly, one of the most important parts of feeding your plants and making sure that they have proper nutrients required for healthy growth is making sure that the PH of either your water or nutrient mix is at the proper level. PH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of your liquid. Cannabis roots prefer things a little acidic, so keeping your liquid neutral just won’t do, but too acidic can be a problem as well. If your water or nutrient solution is too acidic or too alkaline it can actually prevent the roots from being able to take in any nutrition. This kind of scenario is called nutrient lock out and can cause your plants to show signs of nutrient deficiency. This can be frustrating to a grower who doesn’t know any better as they can put as much liquid fertilizer into the equation as they want to try and correct the issue, but if the PH isn’t right your ladies won’t get any of the nutrients that you are providing her. The general rule of thumb is to keep any liquid you provide your plants at a PH range between 5.5 and 6.5. I recommend keeping the liquid for Hydroponics between 5.5. and 6, and the for soil grows keep your liquid between 6 and 6.5. Also two other important tips I have is to check the PH of your liquid AFTER you add any nutrients as they can change the PH of your solution, and to never let your PH accidentally go above 7. If your PH slips above 7 it will lock out potassium. If this happens you will have to flush your system until your runoff water (liquid that comes out of the bottom of the pot after watering) measure at an acceptable PH range. If you don’t flush the problem will persist until corrected.

Feeding your plants properly and with great quality products can have a great impact on the quality of bud you produce. If you grow it, more than likely you consuming it, and just like any stoner, you want the best ganja possible, but keep in mind that bud quality starts with the grower and the choices he or she makes. Your soil and fertilizer not only fee your plants but nourish beneficial microbes that live in your rhizoshpere. Choose quality if you can, care for your plants properly and you’ll be rewarded in the end with some of the best buds and nugs you’ve ever smoked. Keep Growing!

-T.B. Green

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