Having your cannabis plants properly fed is one of the most crucial aspects of growing weed. In both an indoor and outdoor cannabis garden, you are pretty much obliged to provide ample amounts of organic nutrients so they properly develop. Healthy cannabis also produces some healthy marijuana buds! Of course, your cannabis plants will need to be exposed to only the right amounts of such. Too many of these amendments can also be damaging to your plants, especially if solutions come in concentrated doses.
In addition to the amount needed by the plants, you will also have to consider the composition. What are the ingredients they contain? Usually, nutrients can be further classified as natural, organic compounds, or artificial and synthetic products! Both can pretty much aid your plants in the development of their structures and flowers. However, they won’t always be the same in terms of causing long-term effects!
Here, we get a little more into the use of both organic and chemical-based nutrients for your soils and growing mediums. Which one do you prefer using? If you are still undecided, then this guide can shed some light on your growing operations!
What Is The Difference Between Natural and Artificial Nutrients?
Difference in composition:
The terms and definitions connected with organic and synthetic nutrients is something that is quite self-explanatory to a lot of people. Organic nutrients are basically compounds and solutions that are created using natural ingredients that are free of hazardous chemicals. These nutrients are basically geared more towards keeping the cannabis plants fresh and healthy using purely natural additives which keeps the plants away from dangerous substances that can cause damage to the roots and other parts.
On the other hand, the more artificial substances of chemical nutrients are those that undergo certain synthesis and extraction processes of various elements in order to boost the growth and development of cannabis plants. These compounds and solutions, while not nearly as organic as others, will still contain the needed amounts of additives that marijuana plants will require and respond to quite nicely.
Difference in effects:
One thing to note is that the cannabis plants and their rooting systems are very resilient and resourceful structures. This means that whatever you choose to provide to them, they will more than likely start absorbing it regardless of what it contains. Just like any other type of plant out there, cannabis plants will benefit much more greatly in the long run with organic nutrients due to obvious reasons.
The primary reason for using an organic solution of nutrients is the opportunity to keep your cannabis plants away from the concentrated amounts of chemicals that usually come with synthetic ones. Honestly, wouldn’t we all want to use sustainable and natural compounds rather than risk the health of our plants?
But however appealing as it may seem, you will still have to see whether you can actually use organic soils and fertilizers! Aren’t store-bought solutions much easier to use since they are already pre-mixed and prepared? Which kind of nutrient is more accessible to you? Do you have access to the ingredients needed for an organic nutrient solution?
Benefits and Drawbacks of Both Natural and Artificial Nutrients:
Now, what exactly are the reasons why people would have to choose between these two types of nutrients? Wouldn’t it be a safer route to settle for organic nutrients and minerals instead? Well, the only thing that we can assure you is that it will all depend on personal preferences. Many growers will have their own reasons as to why they would much rather opt for a chemically-produced nutrient solution. Is it cheaper? Does it, contrary to popular belief, make the plants much healthier in the long run? All these are acceptable cases as to why growers choose between the two feeding methods!
In order to further simplify things, here is a list that enumerates the different benefits and drawbacks of organic and artificial nutrients for cannabis plants!
Benefits of organic nutrients:
- Using organic compounds, as the name suggests, is a very natural and sustainable way of keeping your marijuana plants fresh and healthy! It is a much eco-friendly way of getting your plants to sprout up without putting much strain on the environment that surrounds your gardens.
- Additionally, you are fully capable of reusing the soils and growing medium that contain these organic nutrients. This is a lot safer than having to risk the reusing of soils that contain concentrated doses of chemicals. Reusing organic nutrients makes sure that there is little waste in your gardens, further testifying to the degree of eco-friendliness of using them.
- These organic nutrients will rely on the presence of different microbes and communities of organisms to keep the soils active and “alive”. This is a great property to have compared to the way chemicals will just sit in your soils.
- Because the ingredients used in an organic nutrient solution are pure and natural, they will be able to cause a much more potent and flavorful smoking experience! Towards the end of the flowering stages, growers will normally flush out the nutrients that the plants are given. With organic nutrients, the flushing becomes so much easier. This also reduces the risk of leaving some chemicals that may alter the flavors and effects of your buds.
- Because it does not usually come in extremely concentrated doses, the organic nutrients will give a much lesser chance of having your plant experience overfeeding which can lead to nutrient lockout.
Drawbacks of organic nutrients:
- When you decide to come up with your very own nutrient solution using organic ingredients, you will still have to spend some time getting the right balance between the nutrients. Other than that, these ingredients may take some time to break apart. Thus, the soils and roots might take a longer time to actually start absorbing and making use of these nutrients. Overall, using a mixture of organic substances will take longer.
- Because you are going to be using ingredients that will need to decompose and eventually break down in the soils, this will typically be much more inviting for molds and diseases to develop.
- While this will depend on your location, organic nutrients may be a lot harder to come by for some people. A lot of gardening shops and stores around your areas may give you access to more synthetic nutrients since they are more commercially produced.
Well, now let’s turn our attention to using chemical-focused nutrients!
Benefits of synthetic nutrients:
- For one thing, most artificial solutions of nutrients will already come in controlled doses. This means that the amount of the different nutrients that you will be providing are already predetermined! You will have much more control over the nutrients that the roots will be absorbing, it is only a matter of looking for the right solution.
- Like we said, opting for an artificial kind of nutrient solution will be much easier to have access to! These can practically be found in all hardware stores and gardening shops. Additionally, it may be a lot cheaper to just purchase one bottle of pre-mixed nutrients than to separately obtain the different ingredients and mix them all together.
- Plants are able to absorb these much easier due to concentrated amounts being fed directly to the soils. This makes it a lot faster to treat any kind of deficiency in the plants.
Drawbacks of synthetic nutrients:
- Using synthetic nutrients can also lead to damaging your plants in the long run. Because they will contain various other chemicals and compounds, these may be hazardous and harmful to your plants.
- Synthetic nutrients will also lead to your cannabis plants depending too much on them. Often linked to an addiction, this over-reliance on synthetic nutrients can cause them to behave much more sensitively than usually if not fed.
- The build-up of too much salt and nutrients can lead to the experiencing of the nutrient lockout. Overfeeding them is the main reason for this. A nutrient lockout hinders the plants from absorbing any kinds of nutrients, which can lead to the wilting and dying of plants.
- The mass production of synthetic nutrients is not something that benefits the environment. Various processes that release gases are emitting in the ecosystem in order to properly synthesize and produce these solutions.
Kinds of Organic and Artificial Nutrients:
Strangely enough, it is actually very common for growers to mix both organic and artificial kinds of nutrients in their gardens. In fact, you yourself may have already been doing it for the longest time now! If you scour the Internet for all these different growing guides, then you may notice a lot of them recommending certain growing mediums, soils, fertilizers, brands of nutrients, and things of that nature.
There is nothing wrong with that at all! As long as your plants are being properly fed and you are taking proper measures to control the use. This is something that we actually recommend you to pursue!
Now, there are all kinds of organic nutrients and fertilizers out there. The most common ones that growers will usually make use of are:
- Fish Meal: A staple for providing calcium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. This is from fish and process into a fine solution that keeps your plants fresh and healthy.
- Bone Meal: This nutrient amendment is made of crushed bones of different animals. It is very rich in numerous micronutrients as well as a good source of potassium and phosphorus.
- Compost: Compost contains different organic nutrients and is filled to the brim with rich microbes and enzymes. It is a staple for fertilizers and can significantly increase the overall potency of your buds!
- Manure and Bat Guano: The fresh dung of animals, as you know, is a very rich source of nutrients and minerals. Manure and bat guano is mix into all types of fertilizers. This helps boost the performance of your marijuana crops’ growth.
As for artificial nutrients, they will practically come in different brands. These are also for various types of agricultural products such as fruits and vegetables. In addition, these are easily accessible to any weed growers out there. Some of the more famous types of these nutrient brands are Fox Farm, Botanicare, SUPERthrive, Bud Candy, and General Hydroponics.
Conclusion: What Should I Use?
Well, after reading the above sections, it might be hard for you to pick a growing method to use! To be honest, it is much better to stick to organic growing. It will provide your plants with a much more natural environment simulation. Additionally, it is less damaging to your plants and the surrounding environment in the long run.
Due to the time and cost constraints, growing organically is not the most practical approach. As such, implementing a little of both organic and artificially develop nutrients is your next best option! We highly encourage anyone who is growing cannabis plants to carefully regulate the number of nutrients that their plants receive! Whether it is through organic or synthetic nutrients. This is a critical part of cannabis growing that will need a lot of attention to detail!