Growing Cannabis and Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Periodic Table

So, you decided to start growing Cannabis for the first time. Awesome! Learning the cultivation process can be challenging. Finding and using all the right tools and nutrients often time gets confusing, there is an abundance of providers to choose from, and each brand creates multiple different kinds of products for different purposes. It is fundamental for you to grasp what is needed for marijuana plants to grow and absorb the nutrients efficiently so your end results are fruitful.

Something that cannot be ignored are the two main differences between soil and hydroponics, the first one contains a large number of the nutrients that your plant requires during the growth cycle. As it grows, the nutrients in the soil are going to be consumed, so you will need the help of a good fertilizer, as it complements essential properties to maintain vigorous growth and maximize yields.

Cannabis needs certain elements commonly called “macro-nutrients”. Here is a useful list of elements you can check, with non-mineral elements derived from air and water highlighted in green.

  • Nitrogen.
  • Phosphorus.
  • Potassium.
  • Calcium.
  • Magnesium.
  • Sulfur.
  • Carbon.
  • Hydrogen.
  • Oxygen.

For the best results, your yield needs the following nutrient ratios:

If the life stage is vegetative Nitrogen should be high, Phosphorus medium and Potassium high, in flowering stage Nitrogen is low, Phosphorus is medium to high, and Potassium high.

Summarized, for the first phase use a high Nitrogen formula. Skip vegetative nutrients for the initial three or four weeks if a high-quality soil is taken into account, otherwise you must begin with vegetative nutrients just when your plant opens its first leaves.

For the second phase (flowering) use a low Nitrogen formula. Take advantage of this when buds start forming just to guarantee that the plant gets plenty of Phosphorus and Potassium, which are crucial to its own development. Make sure that your pH levels are in the right numbers. These are:

  • Soil: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Hydroponics: 5.5 – 6.5

One very common question is: What kind of nutrients are better for growing Cannabis, organic ones or chemical ones? And the most resounding answer goes with those that come from natural sources, all because the roots of your plant will be very close to nature itself, developing an ecosystem of microorganisms that are extremely beneficial, leading to a stronger taste and a preferred aroma, just what you are looking for. Do you know any other chemical tips regarding Cannabis growth? Let us know.

Andres Rodriguez has been working as a marketing, financial and cannabis industry writer for more than 6 years. International brands, institutions, and individuals saw his words as a promising expression of how our society is changing for the better.

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