It saves money
Growing organic cannabis means knowing exactly what’s going into your plant. Rather than getting the nutrients from synthetic or chemical sources; they get them from organic material like worm castings, kelp meal or bat guano. The Gaia Green organic slow release nutrient blends are designed to feed the soil which feeds your plants over a longer period of time than traditional nutrients. They’re versatile because you can amend the soil or coco coir prior to planting and top dress feed your plants with one product. I also found that you don’t really need to use a Cal-Mag or any other supplements with the dry amendments, which saves money. It’s a one stop shop for nutrients in my opinion. I don’t use any other bloom enhancers or secondary supplements.
My experience with organics
My first grow I decided to go with a pre-mixed soil mixture that I could purchase rather than making my own soil mix. I started with a good organic living soil by Gaia Green (30L) mixed with Fox Farms Ocean forest organic soil (42.5L). This gave my plants a soil with great microbial life in it to break down all the organic materials in the soil mix and the nutrients I would be adding later on. You can also achieve this with a coco coir/perlite mixture as coco promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria which break down the organic material.
During our first grow, we decided to grow autoflowers so we ended up using less nutrients then we could have as we didn’t want to overfertilize our plants. This is because autoflowers are known to We gave each plant 1 tbsp of the 4-4-4 at week 4 and then fed them each 2 tbsp 4-4-4 & 2 tbsp 2-8-4 at week 6. They went for a total of 13 weeks and finished beautifully despite being under fed (I know this now). Since autoflowers don’t take a lot of nutrients, I was able to buy the 500g containers. This saved me money as combined they were only about $30CAD.
Amending your medium
- Put all of your growing medium mixture into a container large enough that also has room to mix
- Measure out the Gaia Green organic dry amendments; 3 tbsp per gallon of medium (ex. 30 tbsp for 10 gallons)
- Depending on which stage of life the plants going into the medium are in, you can use only the 4-4-4 or a mixture of 4-4-4/2-8-4 (ex. Vegetation 70/30 – 4-4-4/2-8-4; Start of flower 50/50; Flowering 30/70 – 4-4-4/2-8-4; Autoflowers soil only 4-4-4)
- Make sure to break up any clumps in the nutrients prior to mixing to avoid any “hot” spots in the medium
- Mix the nutrients into the medium until their thoroughly combined and the medium is amended and ready for planting
Top dress feeding
- Measure out the Gaia Green dry amendments; 2 tbsp per gallon of medium (ex. 20 tbsp for 10 gallons)
- Depending on the stage of life the plant you’re top dressing, you can use different ratios of the 4-4-4 & 2-8-4 (Vegetation 70/30; Start of flower 50/50; Flower 30/70)
- Break up any clumps in nutrients prior to adding it to the top of the medium
- Mix nutrients with the medium on the top of the pot
- Water plants immediately after
- Continue to water with regular pH balanced water in normal intervals
Why I love growing organically
Growing cannabis organically means better smelling and tasting buds. The terpene profiles you can get when growing organically is enough to make me continue. The different flavour profiles of all 4 plants from my first grow were completely different. Even though, there were only two different strains. This difference in smells & tastes was mostly due to autoflowers unstable genetics from being bred with cannabis ruderalis. This is where the ability to flower automatically. But, I believe growing them organically gave each of these 4 plants an amazing smell and taste.
- Blueberry #1 – Sweet, fruity, distinctly blueberry smell & taste
- Blueberry #2 – Almost a celery smell, but the most chronic smelling celery, with fruity undertones
- White widow #1 – Woody/Earthy & Lime smell & taste
- White widow #2 – Strong Fruity & sweet smell and taste
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