If you are new to this, do not overlook or underestimate the power of good soil for growing weed. Below we will discuss just How important the soil is. Also tips and tricks to help you give your plants the best start possible while achieving large yields. The type of soil or growing medium you choose is critical. It will be one of the more important decisions you make when first starting out.
Over the last few months with the legalization of Marijuana in our country and new laws surrounding the personal use of the plant. It has made us start to think about all the green thumbs out there who will now be able to grow it in or outside your home legally. It is probably safe to assume that we will see an influx of people who want to try their hand at growing their own. This blog post will discuss one of the most critical aspects of growing healthy plants and that is soil. Growing weed does not need to be hard.
The best soil for growing weed starts with consistency
One of the first things to consider while choosing a good soil for growing weed is consistency. It will be a good idea to look for one that is not too compact that is porous to some extent but one that will also allow for proper water drainage. The roots of the weed plant dive deep so it will be critical to getting adequate watering throughout the soil. The composition and condition of the soil are essential to let the roots maintain sufficient oxygen. Soil which is firm or compact to look at may not be the best choice and can lead to suffocating or choking the roots.
Depending on whether you are growing from seed or clone and important tip we learned is that there are specific soils made for the cultivation of young hemp plants (cuttings and seedlings). There are products designed specifically for seedlings which are intended for young plants which contain fewer nutrients and salts so that the young plants are not overwhelmed. The soil is called “seedling soil.”
Tip: Remember to make sure that your soil contains perlite. Perlite is a natural product of volcanic rock. It is ideal as a reservoir of water and also serves to aerate the roots. In most commercially available potting soils it is already added. The Perlite is added to the soil to improve the soil’s air holding abilities. In other words, it will help the aeration and drainage of the plant.
Soil ph explained simply
Some new growers may not understand the importance of the soil’s ph. ph stands for potential of hydrogen and is a chemical scale used to determine if a liquid is acidic or basic. The scale ranges from 0 to 14 with numbers lover than 7 being acidic 7 being neutral and 8-14 being alkaline. The ideal ph for your weed plant you should be aiming for is a ph of 6. Because weed growing soil contains water and water is a liquid you will be able to determine the soil’s ph using a soil ph test kit. With commercially available pH testers such as litmus paper, the PH value is readily determined at any time.
When watering or fertilizing, depending on the addition of substrates, the pH changes to acid. If the soil is too sour, it can be corrected by adding a basic agent such as lime. For too alkaline earth by adding acid, e.g. diluted vinegar water. Better and gentler regulate this, however, with the so-called regulators.
If the pH value of the soil is not within the tolerance range (5.5-6.5) your weed plant may start to show signs and symptoms of an imbalance. Other signs include deterioration in nutrient uptake, plant thirst despite watering, which can both lead to the death of your plant. The PH value is, therefore, a strict criterion when growing your own.
Should I be adding lime to my weed soil?
Lime is also a natural product and can be beneficial in helping regulate acidity levels. Lime acts as a regulator for the soil and can help rectify any acidic problems you encounter when testing your soil. If and when possible always try to use natural regulators such as lime or if too alkaline diluted vinegar to decrease the ph. Also, the calcium contained in the lime strengthens the hemp plant and its immune system.
Mixing your own soil, a composition for indoor growing:
This step can be a little daunting to see our link to our homegrown soil recipe that will help your plants off to a fantastic start. Also check out locally if there are any grow shops around as they are often a good resource for information. Sometimes they can point you in the right direction or grow shop, for the best soil to buy online and get products that are specifically designed to meet all your home growing needs.
Store bought premixes are not always, but if you have to it will work in a pinch. Whether you purchase premixed soil from the store or mix your own, the consistency should always be about the following ratios.
A good soil consists of about 60% mother earth, (loose brown earth (no clay), 20-25% compost soil, 10-15% sandy soil (drainage) and 5-10% perlite.) Be sure to mix well.
What is the root area of weed?
Since the roots provide the water and nutrients to the weed plant, it is essential to ensure that the hemp has enough space in the soil to be able to form its roots. This is also referred to as a ratio of 1: 1 leaf flower plant to roots. This means the size of the root mesh corresponds to the size of the weed plant above ground. If you are hoping to have large plants and have decided to use buckets you can find 2,5, and 10-gallon buckets at your local hardware store.
Some say the bigger, the better with regards to the buckets but this will also depend on your growing space you have available. We found for us that 5-gallon buckets worked best. It is important to remember that the roots of a hemp plant are of equal importance as branches and foliage. So, in addition to the right soil growing space plays an essential role.