If you've ever picked up a juicy bud and wondered, "What gives weed its flavour…
It’s a topic that can seem overwhelming, but cannabis nutrients is a tricky subject to grasp.
As a rule of thumb, learn to read the labels. Find out want elements are in the nutrient solution.
After all, there are a number of methods of administering them, which then changes when you select to grow your plants in a different growing medium.
So, let’s stick with what elements your marijuana plant needs.
The Main Cannabis Nutrients Elements
There are certain, scientific, and natural elements that every cannabis plant needs in its soil. These include the three macronutrients:
- Nitrogen (N);
- Phosphorus (P);
- Potassium (K).
These will be certainly front and centre on most store nutrients. It’s what is referred to as the NPK ratio. Nitrosol is arguably the best example of store-bought nutrients that plays to the NPK ratio.
Then again, there are also secondary tiered nutrients that are needed (Nitrosol also includes them with some growth hormone).
The secondary tiered nutrients are:
- And Sulfur.
Finally, we get to some micronutrients that play minor roles, but this being said, a balanced diet is good for all living creatures.
These micronutrients include:
- And Zinc.
It’s important to remember that all these nutrients play their own role.
As a rule of thumb, use your nutrients as your plant indicates its needs, or stage of life.
And cannabis seedlings don’t need nutrients as they get most of what they need from the seed.
Veg Cannabis Nutrients
For the best results during the early vegetative state, an easy ratio is a mixture of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus of 2-1-2.
So, two parts nitrogen, one part potassium, and two parts of phosphorus.
This is a pretty light mixture. However, some growers say you should hit the ground running with a 4-2-3.
Mid-veg, roughly six weeks after germinating, it’s time to get your plant to reach for the sky and opt for a 10-5-7.
Nitrogen helps to keep the plant nice green. Then around the last week, it’s time to ease up and use 7-7-7.
Flowering Marijuana Nutrients
The ratio you’ll need during the early stages of flowering is 5-7-10.
For mid-flowering, you want to keep on ramping it up to around 6-10-15.
Toward the final stages you want to ease off nutrient mix, as you’re going to be flushing the soil of nutrients for the last week with pH balanced water.
During the last week of flowering, you want to encourage your plant to absorb any leftover nutrients they’ve stored.
And that’s the basics of nutrients. Next time we’ll discuss diagnosing your plant if there are any problems.