What Is the Best Soil for Your Commercial Cannabis Grow Operation?

living soil for a commercial cannabis grow operation

One of the most critical factors to determining the success of your commercial cannabis grow operation is choosing the right soil. Not every type of soil is ideally suited for growing cannabis and by choosing the wrong soil, you could effectively make growing a quality product significantly more challenging. If you are looking for the best soil for a commercial cannabis grow operation, living soil provides a wide range of benefits compared to the other options available. Below are some of the reasons to consider living soil with your commercial grow.

Living Soil Uses Microbials to Provide Plant Nutrition

Plants are most comparable to humans in the sense that they are what they eat. There are, without a doubt, adverse side effects to the various synthetic chemicals that are used in most commercial cannabis grow operations throughout the country. Living soil provides an organic based foundation for safely and effectively cultivating cannabis by eliminating the need for such chemicals. By simply adding water, living soil will provide your plant all the nutrients it requires to thrive and produce high quality yields with enhanced cannabinoid and terpene profiles.

Cannabis is a bio-accumulator, meaning that any materials in the soil will be absorbed by the plant, including any heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. When chemicals such as non-organic, salt-based nutrients and fertilizers are added to the soil, those chemicals must be “flushed” before harvest or they will remain in the flower and consumed by the end-user.  Living soil does NOT require flushing due to the simple fact that nothing synthetic has been added to the growing medium.

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Living Soil Helps Lower Human Error and Reduces Your Costs

When using living soil, you are also able to reduce any added costs from buying nutrients to supplement your soil.

By eliminating costly, unhealthy additives, you will also eliminate the need to:

  • Determine which nutrients and mixtures to utilize, which requires time for research
  • Calculate the amounts of each component to add
  • Properly mix nutrients to the recommended formulation
  • Apply the nutrients at the most applicable time of either the veg or bloom cycle

Additionally, all of these steps present an opportunity for human error, which can ultimately jeopardize or even ruin your grow and add to your costs.

Avoiding the use of additional nutrients will save you money in the long run by significantly reducing the cost to grow. With living soil, you can consistently grow for less than $1/gram, which over time, will boost your profitability considerably.

Is Living Soil Scalable for Commercial Outdoor Cultivation?

If you are growing outdoors with living soil, chances are you are most likely not going to use raised beds as there is far too much soil volume for this method to be practical. Ultimately, you will end up wasting a lot of living soil, which can be costly to your grow operation.

However, living soil can be very practical if you grow in small containers or grow bags outdoors, minimizing the amount of living soil you need to use with each plant. This ensures you are primarily using the living soil where it is imperative – within the primary root zone and structure. Through this approach, living soil becomes very scalable and is well suited to the needs of a commercial grow operation.

SoHum Living Soil Can Set Your Operations Up for Success

SoHum Living Soil products have been designed with the needs of commercial growers in mind. When you use SoHum Living Soil, you will be on the forefront of sustainable, greener growing which will pay dividends in the quality of your plants, while consumers will benefit from a healthier product that is free of chemicals.

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SoHum Living Soils®: “Not Just for Cannabis Anymore!”

living soil used in a vegetable garden

There is a reason SoHum has chosen to focus on living soil. It is one of the most versatile solutions for growers of any skill level. However, while the majority of individuals using SoHum Living Soils® are exclusive to the cannabis industry, our products can be used to organically grow many other plants including vegetables as well. If you are considering growing organically in any horticultural or agricultural application, SoHum Living Soil will provide the level of quality  required to achieve the best possible results in your garden.

Cannabis Applications for SoHum Living Soils®

SoHum Living Soils® is a microbial-based super soil that has been scientifically developed to provide the easiest and most cost-efficient means to cultivate premiere cannabis flower. SoHum’s proprietary blend of macro and micronutrients are created to provide plants with the optimal blend of beneficial bacteria and fungi necessary to successfully complete  their entire lifecycle.

In addition, our soil contains a blend of 100% all natural and OMRI Certified Inputs with no added synthetics or salt-based nutrients. It is ideally suited to the needs of any organically grown cannabis application, including:

  • Commercial indoor and greenhouse cultivation operations
  • Commercial outdoor cultivation using grow bags or containers
  • Small scale boutique style craft cannabis grows
  • Home growing for medical market caregiver model or personal adult use

You will experience the following benefits when you use SoHum Living Soils with your cannabis grow operation:

  • Versatile medium ideally suited for commercial organic growers, no-till gardeners and home growers
  • Ultra high quality yields with enhanced cannabinoid and terpene profiles
  • Just Add Water = No additional inputs & NO FLUSHING REQUIRED!
  • Less Labor = Reduced operational expenses for better profit margins
  • Ideal for Clean Green Certified operations

A Great Soil for Your Vegetable Garden

SoHum Living Soils is not just for growing cannabis. This living soil is packed with a dense ecosystem of microbes and inoculated with carefully selected microorganisms to further boost its microbial life. It contains a blend of 100% all natural and OMRI Certified Inputs and as a result, it provides the easiest and most cost-efficient means to cultivate premium vegetables for your dinner table or for sale at the Farmer’s Market.  Growing vegetables in SoHum will give you confidence you are producing the best quality yields, strictly using organic methods. Commercial growers can use this organic living soil growing method as a way to create market segmentation, resulting in a higher price point over vegetables grown using conventional fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

SoHum Delivers the Premium Grow Results You Need

Besides genetics, the soil medium chosen is one of the most important decisions both commercial and home growers face today.  Regardless of the size of your operation, you need quality soil for your plants.  SoHum Living Soils delivers the quality you need for both cannabis and other more traditional non-cannabis crops.

Our team is focused on helping commercial growers make more money and expand their business. We provide the insights, marketing and product support necessary to establish yourself as an industry leader.

We have partnered with a wide range of retailers across the country to make it easy for you to get the living soil  you need. You can use our store locator to find a retailer near you.

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Why Should I Use Living Soil in My Cannabis Grow?

living soil for cannabis plants

There are many elements that go into producing exceptional quality cannabis plants. Quality genetics is the first “must have” of any top shelf commercial cultivation operation, but one of the most important, yet often overlooked of those factors is the soil medium selected to grow the genetics chosen.  In recent years, the cannabis industry has seen an increased emphasis in producing greener, more sustainable, eco-friendlier products, all of which can be done when growing in living soil.

What is Living Soil?

According to the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the definition of living soil is the community of microbes working together breaking down organic matter which, in turn, provides valuable nutrition to the plants.

Soil microbes are essential for decomposing organic matter and recycling old plant material. Microorganisms are the unseen majority in soil and make up a huge part of soil’s genetic diversity. This means easier absorption of nutrients by plant roots, reduced need for watering, limited erosion, and improved aeration. A combination of organic materials such as compost, coco coir, peat moss, aged tree bark, manure, worm castings, and more can be used to make a base for living soil. Like all living things, soil needs water, and flows water along the path of least resistance to bring hydration and nutrients to plant roots. Water remains in the soil by storing itself in porous minerals for later use.

Living soil embodies a holistic approach to the cultivation of your plants. It contains billions of microorganisms that mimic an outdoor ecosystem and improve the soil’s ability to provide the nutrients each plant needs.

In order to deliver the proper nutrients, living soil contains a curated blend of:

  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Arthropods
  • Nematodes
  • Fungi

These microorganisms, along with earthworms, beetles and other insects present in the soil, work to decompose dead organic matter supplied by compost, topsoil, peat moss and leaf mold. In addition, the earthworms, arthropods and nematodes help to till the soil as they move through it, ensuring the nutrients produced by the decomposed dead organic matter are more evenly dispersed throughout the soil, allowing the best possible nutrient absorption by each plant’s roots.

While soil alternatives used in hydroponic grow operations are typically discarded  after each harvest, living soil can be supplemented with compost and other natural additives so that it can be reused for additional grows. This gives you the ability to get multiple harvests out of the same soil, making it a more efficient, affordable and sustainable solution.

Benefits of Living Soil

If you are looking to achieve healthy, high quality cannabis plants while using a truly natural organic growing process (also known as TLO or True Living Organics), living soil will deliver the results you desire. You’ll experience the following benefits when you use living soil:

  • Just Add Water: Eliminates the need for additional inputs fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals during the cultivation process
  • Promotes exceptional tap and feeder root growth throughout veg and bloom cycles
  • Elimination of additional inputs reduces labor costs which improves profit margins
  • Improves each plant’s ability to fight off pests and pathogens
  • Improves the quality of your harvest with enhanced cannabinoid and terpene profiles
  • Market segmentation by creating new top shelf “organically grown” cannabis category
  • NO FLUSHING IS REQUIRED – With no harmful synthetic based nutrients added, none have to be flushed out, saving growers time and money while providing peace of mind they grew organically.

SoHum Living Soils® Provides the Nutrients Your Plants Need to Thrive

At SoHum Living Soils®, our team of growers, horticulturalists and soil scientists have invested an enormous amount of time refining the cannabis cultivation process in order to ensure our soil delivers the nutrient-rich environment your plants need to thrive in a true living organic method. Our living soil formula was created specifically for use in cannabis cultivation, and it provides an ideal blend of organic nutrients during the vegetative stage and reproductive/flowering stage of the plant.

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SoHum Living Soils® makes it easy to grow the highest quality cannabis plants. You can use our store locator tool to find a retailer near you.  For a deeper dive into cannabis cultivation using living soil, check out “True Living Organics” 2nd Edition by The Rev.

Cannabis Temperature For Indoor Grow Rooms

How to get the right temperature for growing cannabis plants

Growing temperature is very important to encourage photosynthesis and promote the health of cannabis plants, especially in grow rooms. Improper temperature can make or break a crop and should be very carefully monitored throughout the plants’ growth cycle.

Temperature and Cannabis Plants

The temperature at which a cannabis plant is grown is vital to the health of the plant. Temperature affects internodal growth, the rate of water absorption, respiration, and the PH level of the growing medium.

Sometimes even small variations in temperature over long periods of time can stunt growth and cause long-term problems in root growth.

Changes in temperature can also be used to simulate nighttime as well as a tool to trigger flowering.

Ideal Temperature In Your Cannabis Grow Room

A standard, well ventilated grow room should be kept between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit under optimal conditions.

Temperature can be raised or lowered according to your plants’ needs. For example, if you’re providing extra CO2 to your plants, your cannabis grow room temperature should be raised to 86-90 degrees for efficient absorption.

“Nighttime” temperatures should be slightly lower at about 71 degrees to prevent stretching but ensure your plants “sleep” and recover.

Measuring Temperature In Your Cannabis Grow Room

It’s best to measure the temperature in the shade of your grow room, as well as in several different locations.

Using a digital thermometer with a separate sensor will allow you to measure temps from outside of the grow room while the lights are off.

Lowering the Temperature Of Your Cannabis Grow Room

HPS and other high output lights can produce far more heat than is safe for the survival of your cannabis plants.

Always run an extractor fan when using these lights to circulate and pull heated air from your grow room.

If your lights have ballasts or generators, keep them outside the growing area if possible.

You might also consider air conditioning units, but only as a last resort as these can drastically increase your overhead costs.

Increasing the Temperature Of Your Cannabis Grow Room

You’ll rarely need to increase temps during “day” hours, as the lights typically are sufficient. At night, you can hold heat in your space by shutting off the extractor fan.

You may need to add a simple space heater or radiator to supplement nighttime heat, though these can be costly to run.

Monitor the temperature of your grow room carefully (both day and night) and adjust the heat accordingly for maximum efficiency.

The botanical experts at SoHum Living Soil know all of the best practices when growing cannabis. Let us share our knowledge with you by clicking through our articles on the subject or stop by our store in Denver to speak to our knowledgeable staff.

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Cultivation Requirements for Cannabis Plant Growth

Cultivation Requirements for Plant Growth

A growth medium is one of the most important elements of health for any plant. The classic growth medium, of course, is outdoor soil.

Over the years, growers have experimented with a wide range of solid, semi-solid, and liquid growth media, each with unique traits. The right growth medium is essential to ensuring that the plant steadily receives all the nutrients it needs.

 

1. Warmth

No matter where they are naturally found, all plants require sufficient warmth to thrive. For all living things, biological activity decreases as temperatures decrease. Plus, cold air simply has less life-giving moisture than warmer air.

With sufficient warmth, cells throughout the plant are empowered to engage fully in photosynthesis, converting heat from sunlight into energy.

 

2. Sufficient Light

Plants are unique in that light is essential for them throughout their entire lifespan. As sunlight reaches a plant, the green pigment called chlorophyll absorbs it.

This generates the energy to meet systemic demands for photosynthesis, where carbon dioxide is

altered into a natural food source. The process also results in the oxygen we all breathe.

 

3. Enough Water

Water is the other key element in photosynthesis. Without it, plants wither and die. Unlike light and air, water must usually be absorbed through the root system.

Roots carry the water to all of the leaves, flowers, and other components of the plant.

Along with carbon dioxide, water is the fuel transformed by chemical action into glucose, sugar the plant uses for growth and repair.

 

4. Proper Nutrients

All plants require certain essential nutrients. Some flourish with a different ratio of elements than others, but all of them need the same basic building blocks.

For example, all fertilizers must contain some amount of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to be effective. This is the key to the best possible blend of super soil: Delivering the right nutrients in the right combinations through natural, highly bioavailable sources.

If you are on the hunt for organic super soil for sale, you needn’t look any further. Our living soil for sale is completely organic, developed by and for growers. It can be used with ease in both indoor and outdoor growing environments – and it’s ideal for demanding crops throughout the entire annual life cycle.

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What are worm castings?

worm-castingsWhat are worm castings?

Worm castings are an organic form of fertilizer produced from various worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms. Organic Earthworm Castings are 100% Natural, with a healthy, earthy odor and the appearance of coffee grounds.

Also known as vermicast, worm castings manure is essentially earthworm waste, otherwise known as worm poo. As these creatures eat through compost, their waste creates an optimal soil enricher. Worm castings resemble football-shaped particles that improve soil aeration and drainage, as well as increase water retention in the soil.

Worm Castings are the richest natural fertilizer known to humans. It’s a fact that as little as a tablespoon of pure worm castings provides enough organic plant nutrients to feed a 6″ potted plant for more than two months. Hard to believe, but it is an amazing truth.

Adding this casting manure to the soil aerates and improves its overall structure while providing beneficial nutrients to plants. They are also effective for repelling many pests that feed on plants, such as aphids and spider mites.

Quality Assurance:

  • Lab Tested: 99% Pure Organic Worm-Castings
  • Not produced with yard waste, landfill waste or compost
  • Not made with Horse, Cow or any grazing animal manure
  • Guaranteed Weedseed free
  • Organic Material Review Institute “OMRI” listed
  • Indoor manufactured and fed a controlled quality diet
  • The worms Diet includes high quality mineral rock dust
  • Free of E-Coli and Salmonella
  • Contains natural soil microbes
  • Guaranteed the Highest Standard for Worm-Castings

 

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Nutrient Deficiency in Cannabis Plants: Expert Guide

Nutrient Deficiencies in Cannabis plants will destroy their chance of growing into large, blooming buds. Growers use nutrients to grow big, beautiful, sticky buds. Whether you’re growing soil or hydroponic, plants need precise ratios and levels of properly configured nutrients or amendments to ensure your crop meets expectations. However, the mishandling and improper balance of them can have a negative impact on your grow.

Your garden will suffer when plants are given the wrong kind of nutrients, when they are fed nutrients at the wrong time, when they are fed too much of a given nutrient, or when they have not had enough of a nutrient. Here are some common problems associated with nutrient deficiency:

Nitrogen Deficiency in Cannabis Plants

Cannabis grows fast and requires generous amount of nitrogen as it matures. Nitrogen is part of a group of three primary nutrients for plant growth; the other two being phosphorus and potassium (more on this later). This nutrient can be found mainly in the leaves and shoot tips of the plant. Nitrogen is responsible for many of the healthy developments of the plant; including the production of enzymes, proteins and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the component responsible for the green color of leaves, seeing leaves turn yellow is a telltale sign of Nitrogen deficiency

Causes:

  • Pests
  • Undersized containers
  • Poor Soil Quality
  • pH Imbalance
  • Lack of fertilizing

Symptoms:

The lower leaves yellow between the veins. Eventually, the whole leaf will become yellow. It will wither and die and plant growth will become inhibited.

The plants will stay short and underdeveloped if nitrogen deficiency is severe in the growth phase.

During the flower stage, nitrogen deficiency can lead to a decrease in your crop’s yield. Please keep in mind, during the last three weeks of flowering, healthy plants will not require nitrogen.

Yellowing and the shedding of leaves is a natural part of the final weeks of flowering.

 

Phosphorus Deficiency in Cannabis Plants

Phosphorus is required at all stages of plant development, especially during root and bud growth. This nutrient is necessary component of enzymes and proteins.

There are a lot of chemicals that contain high levels of phosphorus and in doing so, supposedly increase bud production.

This results in plants having extremely high dosages of phosphorus, making them overfed.

Causes:

  • Poor soil quality; loamy or waterlogged soil
  • A pH imbalance
  • Lack of fertilizing
  • Over-Fertilization

Symptoms:

In younger plants, a phosphorus deficiency will slow growth. This underdevelopment will lead to a poor root zone and small bluish-green leaves.

Plants in the flowering stage of development will have leaves turn reddish-purple. Bud growth and yield will be low if a phosphorus deficiency sets in during early to mid-flowering. Further, plants will have an overall lack of vigor and resistance to pests.

 

Potassium Deficiency in Cannabis Plants

Potassium should be made available to the plant through out the entire life cycle of the plant. Potassium is important for the generation of energy, as well as improving plant and root growth. As such, it plays an important part in regulating transpiration, the manufacture of chlorophyll, starches and sugars.

Causes:

  • Poor soil quality
  • Over-fertilization

Symptoms:

A potassium deficiency is similar to a nitrogen deficiency; the leaf deterioration shares a resemblance but one differentiation is the rust-colored spots. Potassium deficiency may turn healthy leaves brown; this is due to a disruption in transpiration. In severe cases, stems will become brittle. This deficiency is most common in flower phase and will dramatically impact yields.

 

Magnesium Deficiency in Cannabis Plants

This is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in indoor cultivation facilities. This occurs because of factors that can inhibit the uptake or availability of Magnesium.

The purpose of magnesium is to encourage strong, healthy veins and stimulus of the creation of leaves. Also, it plays an important role in breaking down enzymes and producing chlorophyll.

Causes

  • Acidic soil
  • Over-fertilization
  • High calcium content

Symptoms

First indications of this problem are similar to nitrogen deficiency, the lower to middle leaves yellow between the veins. Eventually, the entire leaves will become yellow.

The telltale sign of Magnesium deficiency are the rusty spots that appear dotted throughout the leaves. This will distinguish Mg deficiency from lack of nitrogen.

Also, leaf edges appear necrotic and curl up. Some leaves develop a whitish tinge.

 

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How Much Water Does It Take to Grow Cannabis?

How much water do your cannabis plants need?

One of the challenges of growing cannabis indoors is knowing how much water to feed your plants. In nature, plants have the advantage of natural rainfall and drainage and only need to be watered during drought conditions.

Watering your indoor plants too little or too much will stunt production, and water waste can drastically increase your overhead. So how do you get it right?

How Much Water Should You Add to Cannabis Plants?

A good standard to work with is one gallon of water per day for each pound of processed flower you expect to harvest from each plant. The finished weight will obviously change according to how long you allow your plants to veg before forcing flower, so adjust your water per plant accordingly.

This ratio was determined by the Emerald Growers Association and the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council after polling numerous cannabis farmers about their water usage.

How Much Water Does It Take To Produce a Standard Eighth Of Cannabis?

1.875 total gallons per 1/8th of usable cannabis.

Use this figure when calculating your overhead costs if you’re adhering to the 1:1 ratio of one gallon per day per pound of processed flower.

 

How Often Should You Water Your Cannabis Plants?

Your watering schedule will vary according to the temperature of your grow area as well as the strain, health, and size of your plants. When determining a watering schedule, observe your plants every day.

Do the stalks look rigid or weak?

Do the leaves look colorful and vibrnt or do they look droopy and pale?

Also, consider utilizing gravity-fed watering systems that allow plants to take water in from the bottom u, taking the guesswork out of the equation.

 

How Do I Water Cannabis More Efficiently?

By following the below points, you’ll increase your chances of having success with growing cannabis:

• Use SoHum Living Soils® for best moisture retention and drainage
• Install a drip line system for maximum water control
• If you find yourself using more than the 1:1 ratio, consider moving your plants to larger pots to retain water longer
• Monitor your plants daily; as cannabis plants are living beings and can be unpredictable
• Utilize gravity fed watering systems or bottom watering containers
It is imperative to calculate water costs when growing cannabis. If a grower is not careful, the financial and environmental impacts of using too much water can be extreme.

At SoHum Living Soils®, our team consists of experts on growing cannabis, and our website features many articles on best practices.

For a more personal experience, contact us with questions or visit our store in Denver to speak with our knowledgeable team about your cultivation questions.

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What Is Super Soil? The Growing Game-changer

What Is Super Soil and What Are Its Benefits

Super soil has gained created popularity among growers, with the boom of the legal cannabis industry, a peaceful arms race of sorts has emerged and growers are under pressure to create bigger, better buds that are first to market. With this pressure came high-tech treatments and techniques that have become an industry standard. Most of these techniques come with a downside at the expense of rapid turnover, often sacrificing potency or flavor, and few can be called “green” due to the harsh chemicals used in the cultivation process.

More conscientious growers have gone back to the basics, realizing that the best product isn’t one created by impatient humans over the course of a few decades; it is the one that nature has perfected over millions of years. Soil is a key component of Mother Nature, and the best growers are following suit.

 

What Is Super Soil?

“Super soil,” is a growing medium that utilizes nature’s processes to cultivate healthier cannabis plants without using artificial ingredients. This soil uses the same microorganisms found in nature to break down organic material and convert it to a full spectrum of micro and macronutrients. Super soils, such as SoHum Living Soils®, are also developed to perfectly maintain moisture, aeration and acidity levels in your cannabis plant’s root system throughout its natural life cycle.

 

Benefits of Super Soil

The primary benefit of using a living soil like the one formulated by SoHum Living Soils® is that of superior quality! Super Soil yields tastier, ecologically derived, more potent and larger buds than an artificial soil or a hydroponic growing. If growing the best cannabis available isn’t enough for you, super soil is also safer for the environment. You can lower your carbon footprint overnight by switching to super soil as your growing medium, whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors. And you just can’t beat super soil when it comes to ease of use. No fertilizer, no more pH adjustment, flushing, or changing soil between vegging and flowering. Just water, prune, and harvest amazing cannabis!

 

Tips for Using Super Soil

Through research and good old-fashioned trial and error, we’ve compiled this list of best practices that can help you get premium cannabis flower with less effort using SoHum Living Soils®. The following list contains just a few points, so be sure to follow our blog to learn more cannabis growing tips and keep up to date with the latest trends.

  • Though SoHum Living Soils® can cultivate from seed, it is formulated to best nurture seedlings and clones with developed root systems
  • Keep cannabis transplants in a humid environment (70-80% RH) until they develop new vegetative growth
    When possible, use dechlorinated or reverse osmosis water
  • Don’t skimp on the pot size for your cannabis plant! More soil means more room for root growth and stronger, larger, and healthier plants. SoHum Living Soils® is designed to maintain proper internal humidity content, regardless of the depth of your soil.

 

Recommended Organic Super Soil

SoHum Living Soils® has been scientifically designed to provide all nutritional requirements of the cannabis plant for its entire life cycle. Our super soil recipe uses absolutely no synthetic chemicals or materials in our living soil and we never will. This soil will initiate and maintain the natural processes that your cannabis plants will require in order to grow big, strong, and healthy. Start growing with a cannabis super soil that brings results, and stop wasting your time with other products.

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Differences in Growing Sativa, Indica and Hybrid Cannabis

Growing Indica Sativa and Hybrid Cannabis

When growing cannabis strains, it is important to know exactly how to care for the specific types you grow. Different strains have different needs, and meeting them appropriately can help you get a better yield of potent buds. Read on to learn some key differences in growing indica, sativa, and hybrid cannabis strains.

 

Key Differences between Growing Sativa, Indica and Hybrid Cannabis

The first thing to understand is that it is almost always easier to grow an indica strain. Indicas are popular with people who want to grow at home because they offer some benefits for growing both inside and outside. If you are growing inside, you may appreciate how indicas do not get too tall. Theyy normally fit easily beneath your ceiling and light setup. If you grow them outside, your short, bushy plants may not be as obvious to anyone who quickly glances across your property.

Indicas are also normally more forgiving. They offer a shorter time to flower, and naturally larger yields, so even inexperienced growers can get them to flower and produce a decent amount of bud. The generally short flowering time makes them nice for climates that only have a short outdoor growing season.

Since sativas originally come from near the equator, they are better equipped to handle hot, humid environments. If you happen to live in one of those environments, sativas are probably a good bet. They are also your best option if you like using a grow house where you have a hard time keeping the temperature low enough for indicas.

They also need less frequent feeding and fertilizing, which helps reduce the work some.  Sativas can be worth the effort because of the cerebral, energetic effects they offer. Their more demanding needs for specific light is partially offset by their ability to resist mold better than indicas.

As is the case for cannabis consumers, hybrids can offer the best of both worlds for growers. The trick here is in knowing if a hybrid is more like an indica or sativa. For example, the flowering time and shape of the plant can differ widely. Many produce big yields, but not all do.

You can often find information about a specific hybrid, like which strains it contains, to help you get a better idea. Consult with an experienced budtender or grower to brush up about a specific hybrid.

growing sativa indica hybrid

 

Similarities Between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid

There is definitely much that different strains have in common when it comes to a good growing experience. Attention to detail is a must. Plants produce bigger, more potent buds when you treat them right. Be sure to:

  • Stay on a great schedule for watering.
  • Trim and train the plants if necessary
  • Adjust the amount of light they get over time.
  • Do your research

The main similarity between indicas, sativas and hybrids is that they all require great cannabis soil. If you know that your soil has all the nutrients your plants need, you do not have to worry as much about feeding and fertilizing your plant.

 

SoHum Living Soils®

SoHum Living Soils® offers premium gardening supplies for those who are growing any type of cannabis strain. Home growers have had high levels of success growing all different kinds of cannabis with our products.

Contact us to learn more about what makes our living soil so special, and how it can help your plant reach its potential.

 

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