Use the best soil you can get. Scrimping on the soil doesn`t pay
off in the long run. If you use unsterilized soil you will almost
certainly find parasites in it, probably after it is too late to
transplant your marijuana. You can find excellent soil for sale at
your local plant shop or nursery, K-Mart, Wal Mart, and even some
grocery stores. The soil you use should have these properties for
the best possible results:
It should drain well. That is, it should have some sand in it and
also some sponge rock or pearlite.
The ph should be between 6.5 and 7.5 since marijuana does not do
well in acidic soil. High acidity in soil encourages the plant to
be predominantly male, an undesirable trait.
The soil should also contain humus for retaining moisture and
The most important thing to remember is to introduce the
fertilizer concentration to the plant gradually. Start with a
fairly diluted fertilizer solution and gradually increase the
dosage. There are several good marijuana fertilizers on the market,
two of which are Rapid-Gro and Eco-Grow. Rapid-Gro has had
widespread use in marijuana cultivation and is available in most
parts of the United States. Eco-Grow is also especially good for
marijuana since it contains an ingredient that keeps the soil from
becoming acid. Most fertilizers cause a ph change in the soil.
Adding fertilizer to the soil almost always results in a more
acidic ph. Remember to increase the amount of food your plant
receives gradually. Marijuana seems to be able to take as much
fertilizer as you want to give it as long as it is introduced over
a period of time. During the first three months or so, fertilize
your plants every few days. As the rate of foliage growth slows
down in the plant`s preparation for blooming and seed production,
the fertilizer intake of the plant should be slowed down as well.
Never fertilize the plant just before you are going to harvest it
since the fertilizer will encourage foliage production and slow
down resin production.
Do not water your plants every day, but only after the top layer
is dried out just check the soil every now and then. Don`t let the
soil dry out. An important thing about watering is to see to it
that the pot has good drainage. There should be some holes in the
bottom so that any excess water will run out. If the pot won`t
drain, the excess water will accumulate in a pocket and rot the
roots of the plant or simply make the soil sour or mildew.
It is a good habit to spray your plants with water every day just
after the lights are turned off.
The growing guide above is short end simple, but when you do as
described you will surely succeed in harvesting some nice buds.
Just do it and improve your growing techniques in the coming years.
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