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Introduction to nutrients
Nutrients are often the scary subject for new growers as there can be a lot of science involved and gauging the plant’s health is still new to them. It definitely becomes easier to gauge a plant’s health on vision alone with each additional grow, but I still always make sure I’m checking the science behind each aspect to confirm my assumptions. Growing cannabis is both science and an art.
Most likely you’re going to have to use nutrients in a plant’s growth phrase unless you’re using cannabis super soil. Your grow medium will decide a few factors for you.The first is what nutrients do you use. Before buying any cannabis-friendly nutrients make sure it’s recommended for your growing medium. Sometimes they overlap like the nutrients Dyna-Gro sells, but sometimes they don’t.
The companies will include feeding charts for your cannabis plants both on the back of the bottle and online (these are usually more detailed). Use them as a guideline and consider it to be the max amounts of nutrients you should give for now. Different cannabis strains and even phenotypes from the same strain require different levels of nutrients. Some are notorious for being heavy-feeder, others not so much.
I like starting with half the recommendation as it gives me more time to check and stop nute burn or a deficiency.
While, I use the term feeding, nutrients are not food for the plants (plants make their own), they are more like multivitamins. You will most likely have to buy two types of nutrients for the entire grow: one for the vegetative stage and one for flowering. There are other nutrients types that growers use like cal-mag, but for now, worry about the two nutrients for the different life stages.
My tip for healthier plants. I like using Pro-TeKt by Dyna Gro for a little extra boost of potassium, which creates hardier stems that can help stand against insects/diseases and help hold up the heavy colas during flowering. There are three types of potassium naturally found in soil, but only one type is absorbable by plants and that type only makes up about 1-2% of all potassium in soil. So even when growing in soil I recommend extra potassium, and definitely recommend it for soilless and hydro.