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If your cannabis plants have good water, soil and light, they will grow to a maximum harvest. However, there are times when your plants may need a little help, which how cannabis fertilizer comes into the picture. In doing so, the plants will not only grow healthier, but they will be larger in size. However, you must apply or administer the cannabis fertilizer in an accurate way or you will definitely damage your entire crop severely.
Your ultimate objective is to provide the plants with sufficient nutrients so as to maintain dynamic and steady growth void of toxic soil conditions. You must know exactly how to apply the cannabis fertilizer to your plants to improve its growth and harvest. Let us take a look at the various types of nutrients that your cannabis plant is going to need and the ratio you should consider when applying the nutrients.
The NPK ratio is an abbreviated form of the elements: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P) and Potassium (K). If you were to look at the commercial cannabis fertilizer package, instead of being represented by letters, you would see three numbers instead. For each number, you would see the full percentage of the element within the cannabis fertilizer. For instance, if you were to see these three numbers on the package 10, 8 and 3, it would mean 10% Nitrogen, 8% Phosphorous and 3% Potassium. This is what you would call the NPK ratio.
The reason why this is important is because cannabis has to have a consistent balance of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. At each stage of growth, the numbers will be different. The cannabis fertilizer is usually made for blooming plants and vegetative plants. For the vegetative plant, the fertilizer must contain more nitrogen so as to make the leaves and branches grow healthier. Once the plant gets to the blooming phase, it is going to need more phosphorous and potassium to produce denser flowers and buds.
If your cannabis plants do not have one or more of these elements, you will notice slow growth. And, after a while, the leaves will start to get discolored. By using a deficiency chart, you will be able to tell which elements are missing. In addition to nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, there are other elements in the cannabis fertilizer. You just have to pay attention to the packaging, but in most cases, magnesium and calcium are the other prominent nutrients and these are especially essential during the blooming stage.
The Application Process
For a concentrated mixture, you would choose a commercial fertilizer. However, you may have to dilute it using clean water that has a pH balance. You have to do this before you water the plant. The two main forms of cannabis fertilizer come in powder and liquid form. To mix them, you would put a small amount of warm water in a container and evenly mix out the powder until it dissolves and then you would pour in your watering can.
You should also make sure that you have the right amount of soil so that you can spread the cannabis fertilizer more evenly. And when it is spread evenly, you don't have to feed the plants so frequently. If the plant is placed in a very small pot, the nutrients are absorbed more quickly and you would have to feed the plants more often. Your plants won't grow any faster, if you add more cannabis fertilizer. So be sure to follow instructions on the packaging or look at the feeding chart, if there is one.