Frequently Asked Questions about Organic Soil
Through our many years of helping curious growers, we have naturally encountered a few common questions we would like to share:
Is it really “just add water” through the whole cycle of vegetative to flowering?
Yes! The SoHum Living Soils® product is a fully amended living soil. It has everything it needs for its entire grow cycle. This soil is like a fully-stocked kitchen and the living microbes are these chefs that deliver meals to the cannabis plant when its hungry.
Once fully propagated, the plant will start growing. Main Ingredients include: Worm Castings, Peat Moss, Perlite, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Langbeinite, Bone Meal, Feather Meal and Crab Meal.
Can I add extra amendments to SoHum Living Soils® and will it still support full growth?
The SoHum Living Soils® product is designed not to require any additional amendments. Adding some nutrients can hurt your plant (especially nitrogen)! If you add more nutrients you will take away the plant’s ability to choose the nutrients it needs when it needs them. In other words, you are force feeding the plant and reducing the benefits of the soil.
If you cannot stop yourself from adding amendments (we know it is a tough habit to break!), then do it on a very small scale and be sure to test your results regularly to avoid an overabundance of nutrients that will hurt the plant’s growth. For example, growers commonly add phosphorous. In one test grow, when it was injected into SoHum Living Soils® during the vegetative phase and tested two weeks later, it had over 2000 ppm, an excess of what you would want.
How do I water?
The water pH should be the same as any standard grow (between 6 and 7) so that the pH of the soil will be in a similar range (5.8 to 6.8). This range will help ensure that most nutrients are still accessible for plant uptake. Ideally, it is best to run the water through a reverse osmosis (RO) filter. If one is not available, then dechlorinating water by letting tap water sit for 24 hours will suffice. It is best practice to place trays under your pots and water from the bottom to keep the ecosystem alive.
Be careful not to overwater! Investigate the soil to reveal the moisture levels. The ideal situation is to have the soil dry on top but wet three inches deep. It is beneficial to have a thin layer of perlite at the bottom of your pot, as this will help keep from overwatering.
Will this work for various kinds of crops?
Yes, our diverse ingredients provide for a full spectrum of fruiting plants.
Do I need to ﬂush the plant?
No. You can flush, but you do not need to. All you need to do is add water to SoHum Living Soils®. Flushing is most common when adding nutrients manually, but with this soil, the nutrients are already in there, so you do not need to flush!
What about pests?
Insects and diseases are signs that something has gone wrong. SoHum Living Soils® was designed to produce a nutrient dense plant. Nutrient density translates into a high Brix (sugars) sap which is not digestible by sucking insects. Proper nutrition with lots of Calcium for strong cell walls and Potassium for a fully-charged immune system make life difficult for diseases.
Can I start seeds or clones in SoHum?
Sure can… it’s a real seed to weed potting soil. SoHum Living Soils® was deliberately designed to have low amounts of nitrate nitrogen and higher levels of ammononical nitrogen which is better for both seeds and clones. Another great ingredient found in this soil is kelp. Kelp is rich in plant growth hormones like auxins and cytokinins that help develop a great root system.
Clones are fragile, temperature and humidity must be monitored to prevent molds or mildews. In transplanting a clone, do not plant it too deep. Keep it within a half-inch of the seedling soil line so it does not weaken the stocks. Do not shake the soil when you transplant as you do not want to disrupt the roots. After transplanting into SoHum Living Soils®, water from the top and towards the outer margins of the pot to increase lateral root growth. This soil is ideally designed for bottom-watering systems. After a couple of weeks of top watering, having ample water at the bottom will provide your growing plants the water it needs through capillary action.
I am not an experienced grower, do I need anything else to make this work?
We have taken all the work out of growing plants by pre- amending SoHum with all the macro and micro nutrients your plants need. Seriously, just add water.
Is there a difference using SoHum Living Soils® for indoor or outdoor grows?
For outdoor grows, the most common practice is to use a post hole digger to make a hole 3 1⁄2 feet deep. Some growers also dig a few satellite holes 12-18 inches apart on center to hold additional soil, but it is not required.
For indoor grows, it is best to use SoHum with at least a 6-7 gallon pot, and water from the bottom. The best practices is to lay an inch to an inch and a half of perlite at the bottom below the soil.
Can you use it with any strain of Cannabis?
Yes, it is a fully amended all natural soil with all the bioavailable nutrients necessary for any strain of Cannabis. It is important to note that SoHum Living Soils® was developed by growers for growers, but it was never intended to take away the creativity of growers. This soil also works well with tomatoes and other vegetables, too!