In some of our past blog posts (“Living Soil” and “The Vegetative State”) we’ve touched upon the importance of using nutrient-rich soil to help your cannabis plants grow and produce high yields. In this post, we’ll dive deeper into what makes a soil “nutrient-rich” and how to avoid the harmful consequences of nutrient burn.

A quick recap: along with light, water, and a healthy growing environment, your plants need nutrients — particularly nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus — to grow productively. Like light, they need varying amounts throughout their lifespan. And because plants deplete nutrient levels over time, it’s important that they receive additional nutrients as they grow.

The problem with giving your plants too many nutrients is that it could lead to nutrient burn, which causes the leaves of your plants to turn yellow or brown. The more significant the discoloring of your plants’ leaves, the less capable they are to produce energy from light through photosynthesis. The less energy produced, the smaller the buds your cannabis plants will yield.

Conventional soils often contain peat, wood chips and other non-biologically active ingredients in their mixes. Instead of naturally producing nutrients as a living soil would, you have to instead add chemical or mineral nutrients to these soils to boost nutrient levels. If those nutrient levels are not closely monitored, your plants can easily take in more nutrients than needed leading to nutrient-burn.

At Forest Floor Organic Soils, our premium soils contains a wide variety of organic ingredients that naturally produce nutrients. Our soils are derived from abandoned log yards in the Pacific Northwest where nutrients are cultivated over time. To amend the natural soil, we add liquid crab and shrimp meal that further support the growth of microorganisms that produce nutrients naturally. The increased levels of fungi, algae and bacteria expedite and maximize the conversion of organic matter into nutrients that support healthy plant growth. Fewer inputs are therefore needed to regulate nutrient absorption as the soil naturally produces nutrients and the plants regulate how much they intake.

Have questions about how best to adjust your soil to meet your plants’ needs during their vegetative and subsequent stages of development? Call or email us to speak with one of our reps and learn more about our process and how our soils can deliver stunning results for your grow operation.