Utilizing the best nutrients for flowering stage of cannabis will make a tremendous difference in the potency of your crops.
But what’s more, when you know how to use the most suitable flowering stage nutrients, you can also maximize your yields.
Provided you feed your cannabis plants with the right ratio and type of nutes, you will be happy to see them flourish. Sounds like a smart win-win. J
However, much like with everything else, regarding marijuana growing, there are some crucial rules you need to remember to make the most of fertilizers, applied during the flowering phase.
Now, let’s get this party started!
#1 – What are the Best Flowering Stage Nutrients for Marijuana Plants?
As your cannabeauties exit the vegetative stage, you can start feeding them precious elements to help make those buds juicy, succulent and full of potency.
For this purpose, you want to apply a fertilizer, which is rich in Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K).
Nitrogen (N) is still essential.
However, marijuana plants require a greater amount of Nitrogen during vegetation and a lower ratio once they enter the flowering stage.
That’s because Nitrogen is related to increased leaf growth, which is not something you need to focus on during flowering.
Thus, you have to opt for Bloom fertilizer, which comes in a balanced N-P-K ratio (Nitrogen-Potassium-Phosphorus).
You can check that ration on the bottle of the fertilizers, where it is pointed out in 3 numbers. For example, if you see a label, stating the fertilizer goes with 2-1-6 N-P-K content, then this means you are holding a fertilizer with a big amount of Potassium, low amount of Nitrogen, and an even lower amount of Phosphorus.
Apart from the basic nutrients, some essential macronutrients for healthy marijuana growth during flowering include Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Sulphur, Molybdenum, and Iron.
The best nutrients you can give during the flowering stage may already contain most of these macronutrients intact, and you can easily check that while inspecting the label of the product.
#2 – Are there Natural Alternatives to Chemical Marijuana Nutrients?
There is plenty of organic material, which is suitable for fertilizing your green beauties and making sure they produce multiple delicious buds.
In order to utilize this type of fertilizers, though, you need to think in advance.
That’s because organic components work best when mixed with the soil and left to rest for a certain period of time, as to dissolve better.
For example, bat guano and earthworm castings make fantastic all-natural fertilizers. But in order to make the most of these compounds, you have to mix your super soil while your green babies are still in the vegetative stage.
On another note, there are other nutrients you can add, such as blood and bone meal, alfa-alfa meal, coffee grounds, oyster shells, kelp, and seaweed meal, among others.
#3 – How to Apply Nutrients during the Flowering Stage for Best Results
Above all, don’t forget that it is not additional nutrients which make your green ladies thrive.
Instead, a huge percent of your success relies on utilizing the most suitable growing medium (whether you grow in traditional soil or opt for hydroponics), the watering schedule, the light schedule, and much more.
With this in mind, don’t fall into the delusion that feeding your green princesses more nutrients will grant you better results. In fact, doing so can make things worse.
As a rule of thumbs, start adding additional fertilizers when you can already see the budlets form.
Do not follow the recommendations, listed on the label because they refer to feeding “ordinary” plants, and not weed plants. Usually, applying about ¼ of the recommended dosage works just fine for cannabis plants.
Also, in the case you are growing weed hydroponically, mind that there are special nutrients, tailored to suit the needs of hydroponic marijuana cultivation.
That rule applies vice versa as well since you cannot rely on adding hydroponic-suited nutrients for cannabis, grown in soil.
For best results, always keep a close track on the pH of the growing medium, regardless if you are using hydroponics or planting in soil.
Too many nutrients can cause an array of toxic reactions in your marijuana beauties, also known as nutrient surplus.
But on the other hand, too little nutrients can end up exposing your green ladies to nutrient deficiency.
I know this might sound way to perplexing if you are a newbie grower but things are much easier once you start to put them into practice.
As long as you monitor the pH balance of the growing medium, observe how your marijuana plants act and react, and you stay away from overdoing yourself – you can become a cannabis nutrient master in no time.
And finally, all you’ll have to do is to know how to tell your plant is ready to harvest.
Fortunately, this is an easy-peasy task, as long as you get equipped with a magnifying glass (or a compact digital microscope) to check the changes in the colors of trichomes and pistils.
The Bottom Line
Hope you are feeling much more confident in choosing and applying the best nutrients for flowering stage of cannabis.
Remember that marijuana plants are living creatures, and as such, they are automatically programmed to put all their efforts into growing those THC-coated buds we cherish.
Be gentle with your green beauties and they will pay you back with their love and the amazing potency of the unique green medication.
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Wish you a happy and fulfilling cannaventure, bud-buddies!