Why are nutrients so important for marijuana plants?

marijuana-jungleJust like any living things, your mary jane plants need food to properly grow.

Careful use of plant nutrients (fertilizer) allows you to regulate and enhance this growth.  Jumping into your first crop as an amateur can be a hefty chalenge.  Beginning the tasks of figuring out the lights, grow medium, strain, ventilation, watering systems etc. with the learning curve of the science and management of factors such as PH and nutrient regimen can quickly overwhelm most amateurs and put them into the position of easily making mistakes that amount to sickly looking plants, lackluster growth and underachieving yields. One of the most valuable things any new grower can do for themselves is to take the necessary time before they crank up on their first crop.  By understanding nutrient use and how to properly apply it during the different growth phases of their marijuana plants, you’ll have a much more satisfying experience, and you can avoid unnecessary pratfalls.  Remember, this is supposed to be a labor of love.


Correct use of nutrients is important essentially for two reasons: The first, plain and simple, is that marijuana plants are unique and different from your average vegetables or houseplants. I’ve noticed that so many growers out there use generic feeding regimens with nutrient combinations of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and micronutrients that were exactly the same as those used to grow simple houseplants.  In doing so, they are not giving their crops their just dues of importance, and this sets them up for under-achieving from the get-go. Assuming that all plants are the same in growing and need the same type of nutrients at the same stages of growth is certainly a horrible mistake to make, but what I have noticed that is even worse is that amateur growers compound this major mistake by also assuming that any old N-P-K micronutrient fertilizer will be sufficient for their crop if it’s something that has been advertised by “pot specialty”  stores, web-site sellers and magazines.  Let’s face it; the sad truth is that an alarmingly large number of nutrient makers out there would rather just slap on some snazzy packaging that makes you feel good about what you are buying, thinking that the generic “soup” you’ve bought will do the work for you.  Knowledge of proper plant biology, growth phases, and how to properly apply nutrients in conjunction with the phases and as a response and enhancement mechanism to the plant’s conditions is what will amount to success.

The second big reason why nutrients are so important to your plants’ growth lies in not selling yourself short as a grower.  Examine what you are doing:  Investing in the expensive seeds, putting in all the time to properly set up the lights, CO2 and environmental controls, growth medium, water source, power input hardware, and building the growing room itself, all at the risk of being arrested and incarcerated means one thing and one thing only – that you OWE it to yourself to give yourself the best growing, healthiest of plants with the highest yielding buds possible.  Anything less, and you are really selling yourself short.  Nutrients and the skillful mastery of their use are your tools in helping to assure that you don’t sell yourself short.


One thought on “Why are nutrients so important for marijuana plants?

  1. Good article. A lot of people think growing will be fun and a way to supplement their habit. Then it turns out, it’s actually a process and quite difficult to achieve a quality yield. There are so many delicate factors involved–growing marijuana is not for the faint of heart. You do a good job of also pointing out that growing strategies are as diverse as the number of strains available. There is not exact process to replicate, which makes it an ART.

    Prospective advice to a wannabe grower: do your research, then do some more research, don’t compromise anything related to your grow set-up (nutrients included) and then be prepared for a couple lousy trial runs.

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