As a marijuana grower, the ability to spot sick plants and diagnose their ailments will be of great importance to you. This is particularly so with marijuana, since the one thing you normally cannot do is ask for external help. This article will help you to recognize deficiencies in your plants and diagnose and remedy the situation.
Remember that it is possible for your marijuana plants to have too much of a good thing, as well as not enough of the things that they need most. The first step is to think about how balanced your plants' diet has been (N-P-K) and then check the PH of both the soil and the water that you're feeding to them. If those both check out but your plants are still showing signs of distress, then your problem may be sunlight, since you can control the PH and the nutrient regimen. On the other hand, if your plant is ailing, sunlight is plentiful and the water you're feeding it is okay, then you have nutrient issues.
lf you find you're having excessive pest problems, where whole leaves are being completely chewed away or your branches and stems are being bored into, a quick and useful solution is to mix up a combination of liquid soap and water and spray the marijuana plant. Another pesticide that marijuana growers use is a combination of tobacco and water. Unroll a cigarette and let it sit in water for three or four days. Then pour the solution into a spray bottle and administer it to your plants. The problem with using commonly sold pesticides is that eventually you're going to smoke this plant and, by extensions, those same chemicals.
This article should help you ascertain what is going on with your marijuana plants, but it is not indicative of all that might go wrong with your plants. Your number one concern should be keeping the PH balanced appropriately, since this will aid in the proper uptake of all the nutrients that a plant needs in both its vegetative and flowering states.
Nutrient Disorders/Fertilizer Corrections
If your marijuana plants are showing signs of distress such as drooping, mottling of the leaves, or loss of large amounts of leaves, then a fix of some sort is needed. Remember what your soil composition is and how much water you've given them. If your soil is too acidic or too alkaline, you'll need to stabilize the plant and return the soil to balance. Usually adding an organic supplement will help swing the soil back in the direction you need.
Remember that some supplements work more quickly than others and choose based on timing (point in the growing season) and urgency (how bad your marijuana plants look). If it is later in the sea- son, then a quick-acting organic additive applied with a spray bottle would be more beneficial than simply tilling in the same substance to the soil.
Sometimes the problem may be more complex and difficult to troubleshoot. In this case, a comprehensive correction may be needed. The following is a tea that is often used on plants to restore vitality.
Adding warm (not hot) water to your marijuana plants helps them to absorb the nutrients extremely quickly. Cooler water is fine for growing, since the plant takes in water at its own rate, but when ''doctoring'' a speedier rate is optimal. Comfrey is a healing herb that is high in calcium and phosphorus, among other things. Alfalfa is very high in nitrogen, and a good source of potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. Nettles have plant protein and stimulate the decomposition of materials in your planting soil. They are very good for the entire soil area.
Check the marijuana plant care section for pictures and descriptions off all possible problems.
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