How to water your Marijuana plants
Scared of over watering or under-watering you plants? Can’t figure out what ingredients to give them? In this guide we’re going to go over the best ways to water your plants at the different stages. Here’s what we’re going to cover:
How much water to give your plants
The amount of water to give to your plan depends on how much soil you have. In general you give about a quarter of the volume of soil you have. Here are some of the most common sizes used:
- For a 1L pot give 0,25L of pH’d water
- For a 4L pot give 1L of pH’d water
- For a 12L pot give 3L of pH’d water
- For a 30L pot give 7,5L of pH’d water
- And so on
Your should see about 20% run off in your tray, that water will be sucked back up in the next hours.
What is the optimal pH for the marijuana roots
The short answer is between 6 and 7. The sweat zone being around 6.5. You wouldn’t think so but the pH of your water is actually one of the most important things. Marijuana can only take in certains elements at certains pH’s, this is why you really have to be careful, and a trustworthy pH tester is your closest friend. Here’s a graphique showing the important nutrients and what pH level the roots will be able to take them in at
Here’s a recap of each element and the root pH needed for intake
|Minimum pH||Maximum pH|
|Copper (Cu)||– 5.0||7.1|
|Iron (Fe)||– 5.0||7.1|
|Manganese (Mn)||– 5.0||7.5+|
|Zinc (Zn)||– 5.0||7.1|
You really just need to focus on the 3 first nutrients (N,P,K), but by your pH between 6 and 7 you’re sure that she can take in all the elements needed. How to measure and ajust your waters pH? Check out our in depth guide
What nutrients during the Vegetative stage
So, what nutrient does your plant need during her vegetative stage. The amount per Liter really depends on her size, but here’s what I’ve been doing
- Root booster: I take the minimum given on the bottle. At the size of the current one’s (available here) I’ve been giving them 5ml for every 2L of water.
- Nitrogen: During the vegetative stage it’s important to get as much nitrogen to your plant as possible. As soon as you start the stretch she’ll reduce her intake of Nitrogen little by little, until stopping complete. That said, I like to wait a at least until the third or fourth watering before giving them any nitrogen, by fear of nutrient burn (really got marked by that during the Big Buddha Cheese growth ^^)There are some good grow mixes available out there that you can find. The important is to stick to the same brand, since their elements are generally developed to work together.
That’s really all you need to give her during the vegetative stage.
What nutrients during the Flowering stage
During the flowering stage your marijuana plant hardly takes in anymore Nitrogen, but her intake of Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), thus your mix should adapt with it. You can also stop giving it root booster at the end of the stretch, they won’t be growing much more from now on. So to recap, you’re going to need to:
- Reduce gradually the Nitrogen
- Increase Phosphorus and Potassium levels to your mix
- Stop root booster
At the start of the flowering stage I was giving about 5ml of Flowering mix for every 2L, but I was going pretty low, new turn I’m going to increase that level a little bit
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