Growing cannabis can be an intimidating process. With many different growing methods and growing conditions, it’s hard to know where to start!
This article will go over the essentials of watering your cannabis plant and some tips for maximizing its growth.
1 – Keep an Eye on the Growing Medium Temperature
Keep in mind Cannabis plants dislike having chilly feet. If your growing space has cold ground or floor, move the growing medium to help it stabilize at room temperature. Raising your marijuana several centimetres higher off the ground makes a significant difference.
2 – Air Circulation is Very Important
A pot sitting on the floor will be exposed to less air, making it more prone to root rot. The roots will breathe more freely if you lift the pot, allowing for more excellent oxygen circulation. This will result in increased oxygen availability for the roots and a tad quicker medium to dry, allowing you to water your plants much more efficiently.
Also, make sure that the growing medium has proper drainage! It’s no use to water your plants if you can’t drain out all of that excess water afterward. If it is not draining correctly, put some holes into the bottom of your pot or try another growing medium.
3 – Weigh your Pots
Some strains are highly resilient, with a wide range of challenges, and may not appear as having any issues. The most acceptable way to determine when and how much water your plants need is to take your container and weigh it.
Begin by weighing the plants after they have been watered. You may feel the weight of the pots once they are full of water this way.
4 – The Right Amount at the Right Time
To figure out how much water your cannabis plants require, you must consider many elements such as the strain, soil quality, lighting setup, and air circulation. You will need less water per watering if your soil has a lot of COCO, but more frequently.
To get a preliminary idea, estimate 15 to 25% of the capacity of the pot. An 11L pot will require approximately 2L of water each time.
5 – Clean and Chemical-Free Water
The majority of us water our cannabis seeds with tap water, but it’s worth noting water from the tap may contain a range of chemicals. To ensure that any chlorine or other chemicals have fully evaporated, wait at least 12 hours before using water.
It’s also essential to check the hardness of your water. The degree of calcium carbonate in milligrams per litre and parts-per-million (ppm) or EC (electro-conductivity) is used to measure the hardness of the water. Water with a pH level less than 60 is considered soft, 60 to 120 moderately hard, and 120 ppm or more is hard.
Generally, hard water has a strong Ph. To better the nutrient absorption for the plant, the pH must be lowered.
6 – Use Room Temperature Water
This is a crucial consideration! The growing medium and water should both be at room temperature.
Stress on the roots can result in hermaphroditism, decreased water and nutrient intake, and delayed growth. Before watering your plants, shake the water to increase the amount of oxygen dissolved in it.
7 – Container Size Matters
When you start producing strains that auto-flower, keep in mind that these plants are not dependent on photoperiod; they will bloom at the end of their maturity or instead when the taproot touches the bottom of its container.
Because a tiny seedling will require minimal watering in the big final pot, it’s best to use it as soon as the seedling has been sprouted.
It’s easy to confuse the words “pot” and “soil.” You don’t need to water the entire soil if you move your plants into a bigger container; instead, only as needed so there is not too much wetness.
8 – Water at Sunrise (Lamps ON)
Give your Cannabis plants their water when the lights turn on to help to keep themselves moist at night and prevent root rot. Keep the watering pattern consistent since your plants usually follow their routines and are looking for water each morning.
9 – Be Patient When Watering
Take the watering process and make it two phases to allow the water to permeate the soil fully. You should notice that when you pour too much water all at once, the water tends to flow to the pot’s edge rather than reaching entirely through the substrate. After repeating this process twice, your cannabis plant will have the water required for at least 24 hours.
Watering should be done frequently but in small doses, especially during the growing season when plants drink up all of their nutrients very quickly.
10 – Observe and Make Necessary Changes
Hybrid strains are produced by combining male and female plants from different breeds. Seed banks perform an essential function in that they want to achieve a uniform Canopy. This means they try to “stabilize” a strain to produce as many comparable plants as possible while growing it. This helps prevent plants from being much taller than the others.
It’s a Learning Process
A strain requires a significant amount of work to stabilize. You should notice a few differences in form, metabolism, hues, strength, and flowering time along with the nutrients and water required even when cultivating plants that are of the same strain.
A general rule of thumb is that healthy plants require water every 2 to 3 days. We hope that these additional strategies, which have worked well in the past, will work for you too!