Why and how to grow cannabis plants organically? All the things you put on your plants, whether plant food or pesticides, can end up in your smoke. It’s not worth taking the risk.
What does Organic Cannabis mean?
In short, it means no chemical fertilizer and no synthetic chemicals. All the things you put on your plants, whether plant food or pesticides, can end up in your smoke. It’s not worth taking the risk.
The thing with organic methods is that sometimes weeds don’t grow as quickly, so you have to put up with a bit more stress. You have to play around to see what amount of nutrients work best for your plants under different conditions. Some people like to use compost (made from weed clippings plus certain other ingredients) because it’s easy, chuck some in the soil, and that’s it! But you have to make sure you get the mix right. Otherwise, your plants will suffer.
Organic fertilizers are usually made from fish blood and bone or seaweed meal, cottonseed meal, etc.
The list goes on – basically anything organic, but experiment with different ingredients to see what works for you. If you’re using compost (and it’s not suited for organic weed growing – check out the other fertilizers), then maybe throw some blood and bone or fish emulsion into the mix.
Or you can use guano, which is another good source of nutrients that breaks down into the soil over time. You can buy guano in compressed blocks or as a powder. The only problem with it is that you have to be careful of certain poisonous plants.
The thing to remember with organic weed growing is that the more ingredients you add-in, the more complicated it gets.
Start simple and experiment when you’ve got some experience under your belt.
You can’t use any old herbicide on organic cannabis plants – they need specific safe types for use around edible crops. Be careful about what you use, some weedkillers are safe enough to spray directly onto weeds, but they can burn your plants if used in high concentrations. Look for organic sprays with no chemicals – there are plenty on the market.
A warning about snail and slug pellets – these are poisonous (obviously), so don’t put them near your plants. They work their way up the food chain, so if you put them into the soil, it will poison worms and other creatures, then birds and animals that eat those creatures, and so on.
If you’re using slug pellets, make sure they don’t touch your weed plants.
Cover any pots with a protective barrier like horticultural fleece to stop them from reaching your plants. You can also surround your plants with crushed eggshells, making the soil more alkaline and less attractive to slugs and snails.
Remember: don’t smoke any weed that’s had chemicals on it!
How to grow organic marijuana?
There are various ways of growing weed, but most involve some degree of chemical enhancement for optimal results.
An organic method obtains all requirements without using synthetic chemicals or fertilizers, using only naturally available products.
For example, compost (yard clippings, manure, etc.) can be used as alternative soil. Various water crystals can be added to the water supply, which slowly releases nutrients over a more extended period.
In an organic growing method, you have much more control over all aspects of your plant’s life
This is because you are in charge of everything that goes into it. Organic weed can be just as good or even better than weed grown with chemicals if done right. But do not forget that increasing weed organically is more complex than chemicals.
And now on to the following article in the series: How to grow weed outdoors organically?