Organic fertilizers and nutrients can be more forgiving than liquid nutrients. They usually contain less immediately soluble nutrients and more elements that are beneficial to soil organisms.
Organic fertilizers are nutrients that come from organic sources such as animal and vegetable waste. They also include sediments like glacial rock dust and gypsum that contain beneficial minerals for the soil and plant. They are common for outdoor growing and usually come in powder form.
Growing high-quality weed requires more nutrients, or fertilizer, than most common crops.
Benefits of organic fertilizers for cannabis plants
The tea can be applied to roots or as a spray on leaves of your cannabis plants. Dilute the tea with water at a ratio around 1:20 when applying it to roots. A basic tea can’t harm or burn your plants, so you can apply a potent dose freely. As a foliar spray, compost tea is generally diluted with water at a 1:2 ratio.
Liquid nutrients are typically used for indoor growing, but can be used outdoors too. Liquid nutrients are used for weed plants in soil, hydroponics, and other grow media, and can be pushed through drip lines, misters, and hoses for easy and efficient delivery.
Organic cannabis fertilizers
Before building a compost tea brewer, you need to consider the size of your cannabis garden. Most homegrows use 5-gallon buckets. On the outside of the bucket, you’ll need to have an air pump connected to an aerator device at the bottom. The aerator and air pump will oxygenate water so microorganisms can breathe.
The goal of compost tea is to introduce nutrients, fungal colonies, and beneficial bacteria to either the soil or foliage of a marijuana plant to aid growth and protect it from harmful disease, promoting bigger, stronger, and more resilient plants.
You can create soil that will make it a just add water grow but even then you’re preloading it with nutrients.
The challenge is that those store-bought nutrients are usually optimized for your needs and can take a lot of guesswork out of planting.
When someone says “no nutrients,” what they often mean is that they’re planting in nutrient-rich soil, and then more or less leaving the plant alone.
Third, get your bacterial ecosystem off the ground using worm castings, bat guano, or both.
Set yourself up for success
But that’s a little controversial in the growing community.
As always, make sure the plant gets plenty of light, whether from the sun or lamps.
Unless you’re lucky and your backyard soil is fertile, probably not.
What Nutrients are we Talking About?
A term popularized by YouTube grower Subcool (you can find his recipe here), this is one of the most popular ways to grow cannabis with no artificial fertilizers and minimal maintenance.
So is growing cannabis without nutrients possible?