Is Organic Better When It Comes To Cannabis?
Which Nutrient Is Right For Your Cannabis Grow?
You’ve decided to start growing cannabis. You spent time researching your setup before you took the plunge. You’ve even read my earlier blog: Which Tent Setup Is For You. Now that you have an grow space, you need to choose your plant food. Trying to research different plant foods is definitely overwhelming - especially to new growers. Once you get into it, you realize it's mostly science. And, if you are like me, you were never great at chemistry – or maybe you were but it’s been a while since your grade 11 chemistry class. If you are debating between organic and synthetic nutrients you need to know the benefits and drawbacks of each. Lucky for you, you know a pro, and I’ll break it down for you.
Growing organically sounds awesome and will certainly make you feel extra virtuous. What it means is that you are growing in soil with everything in your grow being derived from living things. There are no synthetically made compounds, such as chemical salts or inorganic pesticides being used in the growing process. More often than not, organic nutrients for marijuana are those types of nutrients that are made from animal and plant waste. They can also come from other substances like, mineral rock dust.
Synthetic nutrients are made artificially in a laboratory setting or industrial process. And, they are normally made with an exact ratio of specific nutrients.
What are the pros and cons of both types of nutrients?
Organic Growing – Pro
- Organic nutrients have a beneficial effect on microorganisms that are living in your soil, which in turn benefit your plants' growth;
- Organic nutrients are made from natural substances, they also tend to be renewable and ecologically sustainable;
- Organic growing allows you soil to improve over time - it is highly attractive to outdoor growers, as it means you can reuse the soil; and,
- Organic growers claim that growing organically enhances the flavor of the final flower
Organic Growing – Cons
- Organic nutrients usually take longer to be absorbed by the plant. The microorganisms break down nutrients and this is a process that takes time;
- It more difficult if you spot a nutrient deficiency;
- In colder climates, these microorganisms work even slower at breaking down nutrients – it makes organic growing more of an art form and less of a science;
- Organic substances in your soil can easier attract insects and pests; and,
- Organic nutrients are often more expensive than their synthetic counterparts
Synthetic Nutrients – Pros
- You have more control over giving the precise amounts of nutrients that the plant requires in each of its different stages. Being able to precisely add the right amount of nutrients can result in bigger yields and a higher THC content;
- Your growing medium is sterile;
- Chemical nutrients are instantly available to your plants when you feed them; and,
- Synthetic plant fertilizers are available almost anywhere, and are normally much cheaper than their organic counter-parts
Synthetic Growing – Cons
- The fact that synthetic nutrients for growing cannabis are instantly available to your plants increases the risk of overfeeding and nutrient burn;
- Synthetic nutrients also cause salt build up over time in soil, degrading quality;
- Synthetic fertilizers are also not made from renewable resources. A lot of energy must be spent on producing nitrogen and other compounds in synthetic fertilizers, and these processes take their toll on the environment
Now that I’ve shown you the pros and cons of each type of nutrient, I can recommend a great one of each. Fox Farm is a great organic line – you can check it out on our website here. And, if you are looking for a great synthetic line for your cannabis plants, check out General Hydroponics FloraNova line for Grow and Bloom.
Feel free to give the shop to talk to a member of our grow team or give us a call at: 416-530-7750.