Cannabis in Soil
Use Super Soil
brand in California, as this is the only known soil on the West
Coast that is guaranteed to be good. Many other brands are
mostly wood products and have very few nutrients, are too moist,
etc. Add vermiculite, pearlite or sand to Super Soil to increase
the drainage and aeration.
Cannabis Organic gardeners
use their own compost prepaired from a mixture of chicken, cow
or other manure and household food waste, leaves, lawn
clippings, dog hair and other waste products including urine,
which is high in nitrogen. Dog hair is not recommended for
guerilla gardeners planting off their property where police
could find it. DNA tests could prove it was YOUR dogs hair!
Use P4 water
crystals in the soil to give the Cannabis plants a few days worth of
emergency water reserves. This substance swells up with water
and holds it like a sponge, so that roots will have a reserve if
harsh drought makes constant watering necessary. Go real easy on
this stuff though, it tends to sink to the bottom of the pot and
suffocate bottom roots (new growth roots) and stunts the plant.
Use in extreme moderation, let it swell up for at least an hour
before mixing with other soil.
Cannabis Plant size in soil
is directly related to pot size. If you want the plant to grow
bigger, put it in a bigger pot. Usually, 1/2 gallon per foot of
plant is sufficient. A six foot plant would require a minimum of
a 3 gallon pot. Remember, square containers have more volume in
a square space (like a closet).
Planting Cannabis in the
ground is always preferable when growing in soil. The plants can
then grow to any size, unlimited by pot size.
Bat Guano, chicken
manure, or worm castings can all be used to fertilize
organically in soil. Manures can burn, so they should be
composted with the soil first, before planting, over several
weeks. Sea weed is available to provide a rich trace mineral
source that breaks down slowly and constantly feeds the plants.
Cannabis outdoors in available soil, look around for leaves and other
natural sources of nitrogen and work them into the soil, along
with some dolmite lime and composted organic fertilizer. Even
small amounts of plant food such as Miracle Grow can be added to
soil at this time. (Organic gardeners frown upon this practice,
however. Toxic wastes are produced by commercial fertilizer
production.) Mulch can be made from leaves and spread out over
the garden area to hold in moisture and keep down weeds near the