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3.4 Monitoring and Adjusting Nutrient Levels

Cartier April 11, 2023

A customized feeding schedule is crucial for meeting the unique nutritional needs of your cannabis plants throughout their growth stages.

By tailoring your nutrient application to the specific needs of your plants, you can optimize their health, growth, and yield potential.

This section will guide you through creating a customized feeding schedule for your indoor cannabis home grow.

  1. Understand the growth stages: Cannabis plants undergo several growth stages, each with distinct nutrient requirements. The main stages include germination, seedling, vegetative, and flowering. Familiarize yourself with the specific nutrient needs of each stage to create an appropriate feeding schedule.
  2. Choose the proper nutrients: Select high-quality nutrient products designed for cannabis cultivation. These products should provide the essential macro and micronutrients required for optimal growth. Additionally, ensure that the nutrients suit your growing medium (soil, coco coir, or hydroponics).
  3. Start with a base feeding schedule: Most nutrient manufacturers provide a base feeding schedule as a starting point. Use this as a foundation for your customized schedule, making adjustments based on your observations and the specific needs of your plants.
  4. Monitor your plants’ response: Regularly observe your cannabis plants for signs of nutrient deficiencies or excesses. Pay attention to leaf color, growth rates, and overall plant health. Use this information to make necessary adjustments to your feeding schedule.
  5. Adjust nutrient concentrations: Throughout the growth stages, you may need to increase or decrease the concentration of specific nutrients. For example, higher nitrogen levels are required during the vegetative stage, while the flowering stage demands increased phosphorus and potassium levels. Adjust your nutrient concentrations accordingly to support your plants’ needs.
  6. Record your adjustments: Keep a log of your changes to your feeding schedule, including nutrient concentrations, application frequencies, and observed plant responses. This information can be invaluable in refining your feeding schedule over time and improving the overall health and yield of your cannabis plants.
  7. Test and adjust pH: Ensure that the pH of your nutrient solution falls within the optimal range for nutrient uptake (5.5-6.5 for hydroponics and 6.0-7.0 for soil). Regularly test and adjust the pH of your nutrient solution to maintain this optimal range.

In summary, developing a customized feeding schedule for your cannabis plants is a dynamic process that requires ongoing observation and adjustment.

By tailoring your nutrient application to the specific needs of your plants, you can optimize their growth and maximize yields in your indoor cannabis home grow.

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