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how to grow organic weed

How to grow organic weed

Providing your cannabis with sufficient growing conditions is one of the most important steps in building a successful organic grow. This includes a proper spectrum of light, optimal temperature and humidity settings, and high ventilation and airflow. Many organic growers swear by gardening outdoors but if you’re limited to growing indoors, choosing lights with the broadest possible light spectrum and the coolest temperature output is the key. You can always offset hot lights with proper ventilation and temperature control.

There are two ways to achieve a super soil of this caliber. The first is to build it yourself by acquiring these ingredients individually and mixing them to preference. Since this can be daunting to a novice grower, pre-mixed organic soils can also meet almost any growing condition and can be found in most hydroponic retailers that provide potting soils. Pre-mixed soils are highly recommended for first time cannabis growers because in most cases, these products require very little maintenance other than the occasional watering. This is because organic soils very rarely need pH adjustments, will produce and supply nutrients to cannabis plants without the need for additives, and are fortified with beneficial microorganisms that help deter pest damage.

How to Grow Organic Cannabis

There are a variety of wonderful organic supplements that may be added to assist in an organic grow, many of which offer a ton of benefits to the growing process. For example, incorporating the use of aerated compost teas can greatly help you in a number of ways. Compost teas reintroduce living microorganisms to the soil, in turn facilitating beneficial processes such as fighting pathogens in the soil, converting them to nutrients, and eliminating diseases.

Other biological remedies such as bacillus thuringiensis, also known as BT or Mosquito Bits, and diatomaceous earth (DE) can help do wonders as an effective foliar agent to be used against pests.

What to Feed Organic Cannabis

Right now, if you live in one of these places and you meet the qualifications to cultivate in your home, there are only a few resources where you can go to get in-person consulting on the matter. Hydroponics shops and seed/clone retailers are a start, but these businesses, driven by monetary incentives, have a habit of suggesting that new growers begin by incorporating synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and non-soil grow mediums into their grow based on the fact that they all require a purchase at their facility.

How to grow organic weed

“We added coco coir and hydroton for additional aeration since Black Gold organic soil does not contain coco. Once soil is mixed, we transferred to garbage cans with lids or cover for 40-60 days for soil to innoculate. After 40-60 days a mold layer will have developed. Mix mold into dirt and it is ready for use.”

Lay everything out on a tarp as evenly as you can. Lay the soil, worm castings and perlite first in even layers. Then evenly sprinkle the rest of the larger amendments across the entire surface (except for the epsom salt, sweet lime, azomite and humic acid, and beneficial bacteria, which are needed in extremely tiny amounts and will be added at the end).

Never attempt to adjust the pH until you know something is wrong!

Step 1: Mix everything together

Plus organic growing is easy!! You can grow plants that smoke smoother, taste better and look amazing!

This includes all organic products you could cultivate yourself through composting, vermicomposting, and even permaculture (aquaponics).

No matter which method you choose, in organic growing, there is no need for pH adjustment. The only pH that matters is the natural pH of your soil.

How to grow organic weed

Outdoor cannabis plants naturally start flowering in the fall and die in the winter. When growing cannabis indoors, you have to give plants long nights for them to start making buds (unless you have autoflowering plants).

Basics of getting set up to grow organic weed indoors: You need a grow light, the soil, a light-proof grow area, and a timer. Pretty much everything else is optional.

Example of leaf damage from thrips, a common cannabis pest

3b.) Consider plant training (optional)

Note: Unlike some other growing mediums, your plants will grow best if you avoid getting runoff water out the bottom. It’s easy for plants to get overwatered in super soil, plus runoff water will carry away nutrients. Since you’re not adding any extra nutrients from seed to harvest, you want to conserve the nutrients you do have.

Give water in a circle around the base of the plant

The air from the sides “air prunes” the roots, which prevents the roots from “choking” themselves by wrapping around the edges of the pot. Any roots that try to circle the outside edges will be pruned by the air. As a result, plants grown in a fabric pot typically won’t get rootbound.

Get Set Up to Grow Organic Weed

With 18 hours light/day…

Super soil contains lots of goodies for your plants, including a whole bunch of worm castings!