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It is important for cannabis growers to take care of their root zone so that their marijuana plants can be healthy. This is one of the most essential facets of marijuana cultivation. Remember that the roots are the main conduit for essential nutrients and water to get to the plant's tissues or else you won't have the yield that you are seeking and your marijuana plants will be unhealthy. It does not matter what method you choose to grow your weed as long as you maintain a healthy zone for the roots.
There are some basic steps to follow, which we will discuss below. And this goes for growing marijuana plants indoors and outdoors; and organically or hydroponically. Once the roots are being nourished, the end results will be the same. Let's examine how to maintain a healthy zone for your marijuana plants.
Water and Air
The most fundamental and basic facets of making sure that your marijuana plants are in a healthy root zone is to give the roots enough water and air. You should also keep them in the right range of temperature. All roots must have water to survive. And the water must be distributed to every area of the plant including the tissues. When your marijuana plants are hydrated sufficiently, they will function properly. If your roots are too dry, the plants can be severely stressed out and the normalcy of its growth might never come back.
However, don't give your roots too much water either because you don't want to drown them. For the roots to get enough aerobic respiration, they have to get enough oxygen to breathe. Usually, the air bubbles that are trapped in the soil provide the marijuana plants with some oxygen to breathe and that is why it is so important that you maintain soil that is well aerated. The water has to be oxygenated, if you are going to use the deep water culture method where you keep the roots submerged in water for long periods of time. Some marijuana growers use a diffuser or airstone to efficiently oxygenate the water. In so doing, though, the range of temperature is also important and has to be accurate.
Nutrients and Substrates
Do you know whether you are using the correct soil in the root zone or not? Nutrient supply is a complicated process. If you are using living soil, this will involve multiple interactions between the microbes and the roots. If you are an organic marijuana grower, you must strive to maintain living root zones that are healthy and consists of thousands of species of microbes namely fungi and bacteria. Those microbes will flourish in the soil, if they have a rich blend of manure and wood clippings.
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If you are growing a lot of marijuana plants as a commercial grower, you can make your own soil with various mixes of nutrients and substrates. If you are going to use nutrients that are not organic, then you are going to have a wide selection of substrates. Bear in mind that if you are going to use mineral nutrients, you have to pay close attention to your marijuana plants and extra attention to the dosage used.
Colonization of Root Zone
Another way that you can maintain a healthy zone for the roots of your marijuana plants is to colonize the zone. This is called ‘micro-herding' where bacteria, fungi, protozoa and algae are used for the colonization process. These are placed around the root zone of your marijuana plants.
These microbes tend to feed on sugars mostly, but other nutrients found in the soil; thereby producing multiple critical substances that your marijuana plants can use up. If you want to know more about marijuana plants and their cultivation, visit the Cannabis Training University now, the leading weed college.
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