Cannabis plants require a fair amount of water in addition to sunlight each day and good soil to grow in.
Most states that have legalised recreational or medical marijuana also permit residents to cultivate a certain number of plants. After the initial setup costs, growing your own cannabis can be a cost-effective way to save money. Not only can you select which strains to cultivate, but you can also set up a grow room to keep yourself in flower all year.
Cannabis plants require a fair amount of water in addition to a certain amount of sunlight each day and good, nutritious soil to grow in. They require water to perform photosynthesis, which is essential for producing robust, healthy plants rich in the cannabinoids you desire and require. Too little or too much water can cause your plant to suffer, causing it to produce poorly or even die.
As a result, having a well-organized watering process for your plants is critical to growing the best plants and producing the highest yield.
Here’s how to create the most effective watering schedule for your plants.
The importance of pH balance in marijuana cultivation cannot be overstated.
You can water your cannabis plants with tap water. It is, however, critical to allow your tap water to settle for at least 24 hours before using it. This allows the pH levels to settle and reduces the likelihood of the water shocking the plant. After it has settled, use test strips to check the pH levels. If you’re growing in soil, aim for a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. Other mediums may require a lower pH range of 5.5 to 6.0.
Adding Nutrients for Marijuana Growth
Your plants will require nutrients if they are in the growing stage. This should be added to the water gradually, not all at once. Begin with 34% of the recommended dose and gradually increase until it reaches the ideal dose.
How Often Should Cannabis Plants Be Watered?
Seedlings require the most care and should be watered twice a day. Allow larger plants to dry out slightly, but not too much! Allowing the soil to dry slightly allows the roots to expand in search of more water.
Larger plants should be watered every two to three days, preferably first thing in the morning. For indoor plants, this means as soon as the lights are turned on. Sticking your finger up to the first knuckle into the soil is a good rule of thumb. It is time to water if it is dry. If the soil is still wet, postpone the project for another day.
How Much Water Should Cannabis Plants Get?
The amount of water required will be determined by the following factors:
Temperature difference between indoors and outdoors
At the bottom of each of your pots, there should be drainage holes. Water should pool up on the soil’s surface when watering, but it should not linger. Allow water to run through the drainage holes if the plant is parched. Return after about 10 minutes to give the plant some more water, dabbing without a torch. You may need to return a third time.
Remember that as your plants grow, so will their thirst for water. Make a note of how much water each plant requires at each stage, especially if you have plants in different stages. This can assist you in determining how much water you will require as well as establishing a watering schedule, dabbing without a torch.
Prior to Harvesting Your Marijuana Plants
Flush your plants with pure, room-temperature, pH-balanced water about two weeks before harvest. This will remove unnecessary nutrients while also improving the taste of your taste buds. Pour a generous amount of pure water into the soil, let it sit for a few minutes, then flush again.
Always check your water first if your plant is sick. Examine the pH balance and nutrient levels. Only after you’ve determined that the water isn’t the source of the problem should you look for other culprits.