Dec 15, 2016 12:25 PM

Chemical or Organic Nutrients: Which Are Better for Your Weed Plants?

Though marijuana plants are resilient enough, they also require nutrients like any other living organism. There are two types of nutrients or fertilizers: organic and chemical. This article will help you understand which one is better for your cannabis plants, as each of them not only can improve the quality of weed but also has adverse effects that are important to consider.

Cannabis Baby Plant

Chemical Cannabis Nutrients

Inorganic nutrients are not taken from nature: they are artificially synthesized and extracted to create a specific chemical form. Finally, we get highly efficient fertilizers that contain certain quantities of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium.

Advantages of Chemical Nutrients

  • Chemicals are affordable and widely available. You can find a great variety of chemicals in the market at a very attractive price.
  • Inorganic fertilizers increase the plant's growth and THC production. By using inorganic fertilizers, you can improve your plant's quality and receive higher yields with the increased THC content.
  • Chemicals boost nutrient consumption. By watering your plants with chemical nutrients, you make sure that they affect your plant's health immediately reducing the risk of death or damage.
  • Inorganic nutrients have specific fertilizer ratios.
    Thanks to the exact ratios of inorganic nutrients, you can precisely define the best dose of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium for each cannabis strain.

Marijuana Nutrients: Why Are They Necessary?
Marijuana Nutrients: Why Are They Necessary?
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Disadvantages of Chemical Nutrients

  • Inorganic fertilizers can burn your cannabis plants. Your plants may be damaged by these nutrients if you add too much of them into the pot.
  • Chemicals are unfriendly to the surrounding environment. With using chemicals, there is a risk of nutrient run-off, the waste of which may lead to negative implications for the environment.
  • Inorganic nutrients do not nourish the soil. These readily available compounds affect only the plants while the soil remains unfertilized.
  • Chemicals are produced from non-renewable resources.
    The production of inorganic fertilizers consumes non-renewable resources that are especially dangerous in the time of climate change.

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Is Cannabis Good for Environment?
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Organic Cannabis Nutrients

Organic cannabis nutrients are received from vegetable and animal waste and may also include dregs of glacial rock dust or gypsum. All these materials are considered beneficial for the soil and plant, as they provide essential minerals and vitamins.

Advantages of Organic Nutrients

  • Organic nutrients improve the quality of the soil by making it suitable for further using. This is very beneficial for outdoor growing when the same soil is used for several years. Organic fertilizers allow growers to plant cannabis in the same soil continuously without losing the harvest volumes.
  • Slow release of nutrients feeds the plants and protects them from burning. Thanks to the slow release, organic fertilizers nurture the plants continuously during the whole process of growing. Some producers also report that organics improve the flavor properties of their plants by making them more distinct.
  • Organic nutrients improve water retention and airflow in soil. Adding organic compost into your soil makes it loose and soft. Such a structure allows roots to freely absorb water and air and easily penetrate the soil, which is also important for the plant's growth.
  • Organics are sustainable and renewable. These nutrients are made from renewable sources and are completely friendly to the environment. Moreover, organics prevent soil exhaustion and preserve its prolific properties.

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Disadvantages of Organic Nutrients

  • Organics are costly or time-consuming. Buying ready-made organic nutrients may be costly for cannabis producers, and making their own compost at home takes timeā€”up to one year or longer.
  • Compost needs microorganisms that will break down the nutrients. Microorganisms are important for organic nutrients, but they may slow their activity during cold periods.
  • Organic fertilizers may contain pests and insects. Besides the essential microorganisms, compost may also be full of pests and insects that will damage your cannabis plants.
  • Plants need time to absorb organic nutrients. Slow absorption of organics is beneficial for healthy plants, but if your cannabis is already weak or damaged, they will not nourish the plants as fast as it is required.

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What Else Should You Consider?

Choosing between chemical and organic nutrients, keep in mind that chemicals require exact dosage and act fast, while organics take time to affect and are more sustainable. Though both types nourish plants and ensure high yields, consider your financial opportunities and environmental impact before making your choice. Hopefully, these tips will help you grow cannabis efficiently and professionally.

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