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Many elements make up our world; they are helpful as well as harmful. When it comes to growing cannabis, your choice of medium is important. Moreover, the elements growers feed their cannabis are the factors that determine their plants’ life, their yield and their overall health.

Keep reading for a WeGrow guide to the periodic elements that you should include in your soil. They will surely boost the growth of your garden!

Nitrogen (N)

The average grower recognizes Nitrogen as a ‘fertilizer’. However, Nitrogen possesses many other beneficial properties. For cannabis to produce the proper sugars as well as photosynthesize effectively, Nitrogen is crucial.

Thanks to this macronutrient, your cannabis yields those luscious thick hunter green leaves and bountiful buds. Conversely, most professional growers will inform you that your cannabis needs less Nitrogen during the flowering stage.

Potassium (K)

Second, we have Potassium (K). Most people hear the term ‘potassium’ and think of bananas. However, growers should understand that this macronutrient is also extremely integral to the health of your plants.

Growers also recognize this element as a fertilizer. They use potassium to promote effective water use, deter harmful pathogens and even strengthen their plants on a cellular level.

Moreover, growers use potassium to prevent the yellowing of their plants’ leaves, which is a symptom of a cannabis plant stricken with a plant disease. By including the proper percentage of Potassium in the soil, they are sure to promote the overall vitality of their garden.

Phosphorus (P)

Lastly, we have Phosphorus (P). This element is also a macronutrient with its own share of tremendous properties. Similar to Nitrogen, Phosphorous plays a huge role in the photosynthesis of your cannabis plants. Thanks to Phosphorous, the energy absorbed by the cannabis plant can be effectively distributed throughout its parts.

The metabolic control held by Phosphorus is essential to the overall plant health. Growers who add the appropriate amount of Phosphorus to their soil can yield fantastic results when it is time to harvest their cannabis.

The Magic Formula of Growing 

Now that you have a better understanding of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, it is time to learn the balance between these macronutrients. Brands group these three fertilizers together as ‘N-P-K’ due to their periodic table representation. All plants, including cannabis, need a certain percentage of the 3 for optimal vegetation and flowering.

Professional growers will tell you that high levels of Nitrogen as well as Potassium coupled with high Phosphorus levels during the vegetative stage is quite ideal. When flowering your cannabis, it is preferred that growers substantially cut back on the Nitrogen while providing medium and high levels of phosphorus and potassium respectfully.

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As the old Scottish proverb states, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” This is none all too true than in the case of the cannabis industry. As the demands for better products grow larger, more and more technology & innovation is starting to emerge. Therefore, small to mid-sized growers now have many options at their disposal when it comes to choosing their path to a great harvest.


WeGrow is here to help you stay informed on the similarities and differences, features, advantages & drawbacks of both indoor and outdoor cultivation.

Outdoor Growing


The History:

Outdoor cannabis is one of the most ancient plants that have been studied and identified as having psychoactive compounds. It evolved from the steppes of Central Asia. The cannabis plant’s 12,000+ year history is full of references to spirituality, nobility, and stature.

It has been used as an anesthetic in ancient medicine dating as far back as 4000 BC. The dump sites of the hunters and gatherers were rich in nutrients. Thus, unsurprisingly they served as great breeding grounds for the marijuana plant. From there, the “holy herb” traveled through the early world. Cannabis finally landed in the United States by way of Mexico in the early 20th century.  

The Logistics:

First, it is important to understand that cultivating cannabis outdoors is a highly unstable venture. Growers who grow outdoors are subject to many factors. These factors can alter the trajectory of their plants in many negative ways. From the unintended cross pollination of the plants due to pollen in the air from male plants, to adverse and unpredictable weather conditions, outdoor grows are certainly stressful.

However, there are of course several key advantages to cultivating marijuana outdoors. The natural sunlight, ample space, & healthy soil all work together to stretch your outdoor plants to their highest potential. What your plants will lack in stability, if all goes well, they’ll make up in quantity of harvest.

Indoor Growing


The History:

Of course, indoor grows are a much more recent development. Forced underground due to the unfair characterization of the drug as dangerous, growers who knew better started to develop techniques that would mimic the natural environment suitable for cannabis cultivation.

Necessity certainly bred innovation, and now the indoor cannabis boom is in full swing. From lighting tech such as VividGro products, to grow help & information, modern growers are in luck. Channels now exist for individuals in legal states to cultivate their own quality bud. This is certainly great news for growers that may not necessarily have the space to grow outdoors, or may not want the hassle of adverse conditions potentially ruining their crop.

The Logistics:

For growers in states where it is legal to cultivate, the indoor option is the more optimal choice simply because of the level of ultimate control they are able to exert. By following proper water management, using the appropriate tools, and knowing the ins and outs of the process (flower cycle, veg cycle) growers will surely come away with a great harvest and less stress.

While you may not get the biggest harvests from your indoor garden, dialing in the factors above will create potent, pungent, sticky buds that are less prone to developing seeds or deficiencies.

In a head-to-head showdown, we’d have to give it to Indoor grows over outdoors grows, mostly due to the stability of the growing environment.

Classic Strains (Outdoor)

Classic Strains (Indoor)

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Grow Help



Small to mid-sized growers with indoor home-grows will tell you to pay close attention during your plants’ ‘Veg Cycle’. It is the time that your young seedlings or clones need the most care. Therefore, having a top notch regimen is crucial.

From the nutrients that you use, to the amount and type of light that you give, every little detail matters. Experienced growers with many harvests under their belts will agree. Yielding those sticky, smelly, & potent buds depends completely on a hearty veg cycle.

WeGrow is here to help guide you to a fruitful harvest. Keep reading for some exclusive cultivation tips, tricks and hacks!

Nutrients


Firstly, the most important nutrient tip we can give to growers is to “start small”. By this we mean that because your plants are just starting their lifespan, you always want to start with the lowest ppm (parts per million) levels of nutrients.

While your first instinct may be to jump start your plants by drenching them with food, this is wrong. Too much nutrients too soon will shock the plants and set them back greatly.

Our next tip to ensure proper ‘vegging’ is to have some supplemental nutrients to help your plants overcome deficiencies. Be sure to include low levels of CalMag (calcium-magnesium) in your regular feedings. Increase as needed.

As plants develop above their medium, their roots need to be nourished too. Use some Rapid Start with each feeding to ensure healthy root systems.

Light Ratios

Next, indoor growers need to pay special attention to their light sources during the veg cycle. We recommend the VividGro GroBar. These lights will ensure that your plants get full coverage while being extremely energy efficient.


Growers also need to be careful about how large or small they make their plants’ photoperiod. For plants to remain in the vegetative state they need at least 18 hours of light per day. 24 hours of uninterrupted light is the industry standard, but it is not necessary.

Temperature


Lastly, successful growers need to control the heat index of their gardens. Cannabis plants cannot survive extremes swings of temperature. Be sure to stay on top of this factor, especially during the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer. Indoor grows depends on electricity. And because power outages and equipment failures are common, it pays to be careful.

Keep your vegging plants at a temperature around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Dropping below 60 degrees or reaching above 84 degrees is not conducive to proper growth.

The ‘Veg Cycle’ of your cannabis plants is a crucial time. It is a period in which they grow, strengthen and develop into mature plants capable of robust flowering. Following these tips will make your harvests soar!

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