We’ve all said it before, God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt. This is the absolute truth, in fact, the proper dirt (soil) is essential for growing marijuana. So in this section, we will discuss what soil is best for growing marijuana.
soil, as defined by Google, is a;
noun: soil; plural noun: soils
the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles.
“blueberries need very acid soil”
synonyms: earth, loam, sod, ground, dirt, clay, turf, topsoil, mold, humus, marl, dust.
“Point of pettiness”, we are professionals, so we should not call soil dirt. Most scientists would describe dirt as “misplaced soil.” So for etiquette purposes, let us forever refer to dirt as soil
You Get Out What You Put In
We’ve all heard the very true saying of, “you get out, what you put in.” If you have reached the age to be considered an adult, or if you have children, or if you have grown a business, this or anything on that level, you are very aware that what you put in, has an enormous bearing on what you get out. It is only common sense that we would want to grow our marijuana in the best soil possible for them to grow big and strong. To be most successful, We need a proper pH level, great water retention, an abundance of the proper nutrient makeup, great texture, and also great drainage. These characteristics combine to create the perfect soil.
So let’s see what soil is best for growing marijuana. We will do this by investigating the different types of soils, and determining from our investigation, what is best for our cannabis flowers. Let’s start by defining some terms.
- pH level as defined by Google is; A measure of acidity or alkalinity of water-soluble substances (pH stands for ‘potential of Hydrogen’). A pH value is a number from 1 to 14, with 7 as the middle (neutral) point. Values below 7 indicate acidity which increases as the number decreases, 1 being the most acidic.
We are fans of pure and organic, and if you grow like we like to grow, little no liquid nutrients, pH is not that large of a concern. Because we’re using amended and composted soil filled with organic matter, the microorganisms will make the nutrients more available to the roots.
Most growers use standard potting mixes and liquid nutrients and will definitely have to manually deal with pH, so lets “learn about it.” Marijuana plants are only able to take up nutrients within a small pH window from about 6-7 when growing in soil. The flower can’t take in nutrients, even when the nutrients are there for the taking if the pH is lower or higher than that 6-7, this is called “Nutrient lockout.” Symptoms of nutrient lockout, everything seems perfect, BUT, “My plant seems to have prematurely stopped growing”, “My leaves keep changing colors like its fall”, “My plant looks as if it is sick”, these are all signs of Nutrient lockout.
In Places where Marijuana grows and thrives in the wild, the soil is slightly acidic, this is what we try to mimic while were growing indoors.
- Water retention as defined by Google is; understood as the water retained by the soil after it runs through the soil pores to join water bodies such as groundwater or surface streams. Pores in the soil can be defined as the air-spaces that exist in between soil particles.
The water retention value to life (let alone Marijuana plants) is very simple to see and understand. Water retention is a huge part of our existents because of all greenery on the planet. Soil water provides a pool of dissolved nutrients that are readily available for plants to take up through there roots. Therefore, it is important to maintain proper levels of soil moisture, soil water is the medium from which all plant nutrients are absorbed by plants.
- Texture is self-explanatory. Definition by Google of Soil texture. Texture indicates the relative content of particles of various sizes, such as sand, silt, and clay in the soil. Texture influences the ease with which soil can be worked, the amount of water and air it holds, and the rate at which water can enter and move through soil.
- Nutrient Makeup in soil as defined by Google is; Soil, a major source of nutrients needed by plants for growth. The three main nutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Together they make up the trio known as NPK. Other important nutrients are calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. Obviously, this is very important because these plants, like just about all plants, need a combination of all these things to grow and survive.
- Drainage What Does Well-Drained Soil Mean? According to Google, well-drained soil is soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate and without water pooling and puddling. These soils do not drain too quickly or too slowly. When soil drains too quickly, the plants do not have enough time to absorb the water and can die.
These are all qualities that are crucial to the production of well-grown clean marijuana. Now, let’s take a look at the different soil types and determined what is best for our precious cargo.
What are the different types of Soil?
Sandy soils: as defined by *Reference :
Sandy soil is soil comprised of particles that are larger than 0.05 millimeters and smaller than 2 millimeters. Sandy soil retains little water and aerates well because of the large size of its particles.
the soils have large granular size, which makes this soil. Great for drainage and does prevent compaction that could be detrimental to our plant, and it is extremely easy to work with, and it has a decent level of oxygen flowing through because of its resistance to compaction. It would not be wise to use sand alone because it has very very poor water retention, which in turn makes it dry out very quickly, and because of this, most nutrients are washed away from Sandy soil. Obviously, this is very important because these plants, like just about all plants, need a combination of all these things to grow and survive.
this soil has a medium granular size and is very good and naturally fertile male because of its many self-contained nutrients. It retains water very well, and because of it’s medium granular size, it stabilizes the plants. But this same advantage causes this soil to train poorly, especially when wet because it becomes to compact.
this soil has a small granular size, which allows it to retain a higher pH. It also has many self-contained minerals, it retains water very well, and because of its small granular size it to stabilizes plants extremely well. This soil also retains water pretty well but has very poor drainage. It’s a very heavy soil, so it compacts and is sometimes hard to work with.
we talked about this soil last, but it is certainly not least. This soil is a combination of all three soils explained above. If you try to compact, loam soil in a way that would be considered detrimental to your plants, you would find that it should form a loose ball that will hold a structure momentarily, but that it will begin to break apart, this is a good sign. Due to the mixture of soils, this soil has a very good natural pH level and is very good at drainage, even though it does retain water well enough to pool nutrients. It is naturally fertile and is very easy to work with, it retains nutrients at a wonderful level and supports everything that a growing cannabis plant would need such as microorganisms and it also carries a very high oxygen level. Well, loam soil is perfect, right? Yes, it is, but in comparison, it is very costly.
We hope that we have given you a new perspective on “DIRT.” Soil is Crucial to the production of tip-top cannabis. Most growers intelligently use loam soils, its composition is rich and diverse, it looks dark and hearty, and the soil smells like the beginning or the base of a wonderful aroma, which is also the base of your beautiful smelling marijuana plants.
Purchasing The Right Soil for our Marijuana grow
In the very beginning, fresh off of germination, these big-time soils (Talked about above) are too rich for the baby. When a baby is first born we don’t give him the food that we eat on an everyday basis, we give him baby food that is formulated for him. We should treat our plants the same way, we simply need a simple organic potting soil. We change soil when just about ready to move from the baby stage. Once we have a toddler on our hands what exactly should we do?
When you walk into Home Depot, or Lowes, or, Ace, you’re going to be smacked in the face with at least 50 different brands of soil, so what do we do? Most of these soils, of course, are loam soils, so where do we go? The only differences will be what the nutrients, microorganisms, and any other NATURAL additives that will boost the soils potency. You will see buzz words like Perlite, worm castings, bat guano, biochar, peat moss, compost, fish meal, bone meal, glacier rock dust, and plant food. It is best to find soil with most of these additives added in, this helps us stay away from having to try and add these things separately later.
One of the better soils to do this with is an all in one soil named Red’s Premium Biochar-Based Soil. This soil is produced in Colorado by Miller soils, we find this premium blend almost perfect for growing cannabis. Red scones ready to use, full of a wonderful mixture of many of the things described above. The biochar (charcoal, used as a soil adamant, a stable solid rich in carbon, which can endure and soil for thousands of years. Biochar is made from biomass via pyrolysis). Provides the ability for microbes to populate, while also adding in water and nutrient, retention. We love this soil because it has so many nutrients already active in the soil, you won’t have to worry about feeding your plants more than a couple of times because there is food in the blend already. The roots of your plants will love you for using this soil. Other popular highly rated soils are CELLMAX NUTRIENTS and AMAZON BLOOM.
Top indoor soils ;
- Fox Farm FX14081 happy frog, 2 ft.³ potting soil, Brown
- super soil organic concentrate
- Fox Farm FX 14100 Coco Loco potting mix, 2 ft.³, Brown/A
- mother Earth Coco, plus Perlite mix 50 L RHP certified natural plant growth media.
- Roots organics ROS, 1.5 ft.³ Coco soilless mix.
- Big rootz all-purpose potting soil pH adjusted and enriched to maximize root growth.
- Roots organics. Rod original potting soil, 1.5 ft.³.
- Miracle grow indoor plant food, fertilizer spikes, 2.2 ounces (2 pack)
- black gold 1302040 8-Quart organic potting soil.
- Black gold 1310102 8- quart all-purpose potting soil with control.
What about my wallet?
you will be able to find many soils at a much cheaper price than the ones listed above, if you follow the advice that was given to you in this article, you will be fine. Beginners feel free to grab miracle grow organic and let that ride from seed to shelf, but as you grow, and the more you know the better that you should do. And so the journey continues.
One 2 Grow On
Once again, we fully know what we know. Now on your mark, get set, Grow!!!