Plants need water, sunlight, nutrients, and air to thrive. Providing the cannabis plant with good watering is arguably the most difficult to accomplish.
There is no exact science to watering a cannabis plant, and because most growing media prevent you from observing the roots, you have no way of directly knowing what's going on. under the ground. If the flushing becomes popular, it is necessary to control the watering upstream. However, there are a number of products and strategies that can help you keep your garden healthy and well hydrated.
Some elements to optimize watering
Perlite comes from obsidian which is volcanic glass. It is produced when obsidian is heated to a high temperature and then expands. It is light, porous and organic. This makes it a great supplement for your soil as it prevents the soil from clumping together and promotes good oxygen flow.
2. "Smart Pots"
The “Smart Pots” are pots made with canvas. Cloth containers help the roots to breathe, allow heat to escape and water to drain. All of these characteristics are directly related to improving the quality of the roots and the way they are irrigated.
3. Drip line
Drip lines allow you to water the plants consistently and distribute the water evenly throughout the pot. They also prevent your flooding on the surface when watering. Flooding your pot with water will cause the perlite to rise to the surface where it is unnecessary. Drip systems also help prevent evaporation when gardening in a hot climate.
It is crucial to measure the amount of water you are giving your plants. If you determine the flow rate of your irrigation system, you can set a timer to know when it's time to move on to the next pot, making sure each pot gets the same amount of water.
How often should you water cannabis plants?
The amount of water your plants need will always vary depending on size, temperature, health, and stage of growth.
An underwatered plant looks withered and weak. Overwatered plants look like underwatered ones, but the leaf tips will curl as if they are leaking water from the pot. Obviously, you don't want your plants to be in either of these two conditions, but when figuring out your watering schedule, it's better not to water them enough than to give them too much water. The roots need oxygen to survive and be happy.
When you think your cannabis plant may be thirsty, take the time to observe:
- Are the leaves bright?
- Are they rigid and strong?
- How is the earth?
If the soil feels dry when you dig your finger into the soil of a few knuckles, and the plant looks weak, it's time to water. The weight of the pot can also be an indicator of hydration, if it is light enough to be lifted. Ideally, pay attention to the timing and water your plant just before it starts to look less lively. A cycle varying between wet and dry is necessary for the roots to grow and penetrate deeper into the pot.
Is your bin the right size?
To properly hydrate cannabis plants, the tank must be the right size; a plant cannot drink water if its roots do not reach it. When the plant cannot drink all the water, the water stagnates and slowly evaporates. This promotes pests, fungi, and root rot.
Plants should start in 2,5cm × 2,5cm cubes then move to 10cm × 10cm inch pots, then 2,5L, 11L, etc. Plants are ready to be transplanted when a healthy root structure encompasses the soil. Transplanting is a good opportunity to see the quality of your roots. White and shiny roots, with a thick and strong structure, are a sign of correct watering.
How much should you spray cannabis plants?
Wait until the soil begins to dry out before watering again. If you are unsure of your ability to tell when it is time to water again, wait until you see the first stages of underwatering and then add water immediately.
Take notes, do calculations, and put your plants on a watering schedule. Setting a cycle where the plant needs to be watered every two to three days is ideal. As the plants grow, their need for water will increase. When you increase the amount of water you give your plants, it often happens that they need a supplement between their waterings; You just need to sprinkle it and then increase the amount of water allocated during watering.
Those who do too many calculations tend to overwater their plants. Cannabis plants are just like any other plant - they can handle too much as well as a water deficit, so take your time determining the ideal watering schedule. The sooner you find the perfect time, the sooner you will see plants blooming.