In the pots you plan to grow in, combine:
• Growing with homemade soil gives you complete control over where your plants get their nutrients from. If you’re looking to grow organically, this is the way to go.
Soil plays two key roles in the cannabis cultivation process. First of all, it weighs down your cannabis plants, keeping them rooted and protected against the wind. Secondly, and more importantly, it serves as a medium to transport nutrients and water to your plants’ roots. To better understand soil and how we can use a homemade mix to fertilise and nurture our cannabis plants, it helps to understand the basic nutrients cannabis plants need to survive and thrive.
STEP 3: WASH YOUR SUPER SOIL (IF YOU WANT TO PLANT RIGHT AWAY)
If you don’t have months to prepare your own super soil, here’s a simpler, faster way to prepare your own cannabis soil at home.
– 3 parts organic starter soil
– 1 part perlite
– 1 part worm castings
– ½ cup greensand
– ⅓ cup guano
– ½ cup dolomite lime
Preparing your own super soil might sound daunting, but it really isn’t. The concept is, in fact, pretty simple; you’ll start off with some good-quality organic soil and enrich it with natural ingredients ahead of time. Once it’s time to sow your seeds, you’ll have a rich growing medium ready that will provide your plants with everything they need to produce beautiful, aromatic buds.
Besides water, cannabis needs three main nutrients or _macronutrients_: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). When you buy fertilisers, you’ll find products with varying concentrations of these nutrients designed to be used during different stages of the grow cycle. Here’s a brief rundown on how these nutrients help cannabis plants grow:
Loamy soil is a combination of sand, silt, and clay soils with added organic compounds. It is one of the best soil types for growing cannabis as it offers optimal water retention and drainage, and it’s rich in nutrients and oxygen. Downside: This type of soil can be expensive.
If you’re growing in drought conditions where your plants may at times go weeks without rain, or if you can’t make daily trips to your guerrilla grow location, use water-absorbent polymers to keep them hydrated! You can get these from hydroponic grow stores or can cut them out of diapers.
Cannabis prefers a light and loose soil texture. A light texture promotes root development, and it ensures more oxygen reaches the roots for optimal growth and health.
No-till cultivation is a gardening method that allows the soil to remain undisturbed (no digging, stirring, overturning, etc.). This way, microorganisms in the soil can create a thriving ecosystem that replenishes the soil with good bacteria, helpful fungi, and other living organisms. No-till cultivation promotes organic matter retention and water absorption because nutrients are constantly being recycled throughout the soil.
• Drainage ability