Customize Your Marijuana Soil
Ideally, before you even put your marijuana plants into the ground you mix customized, rich blends of organic soil loaded with slow and fast availability nutritional components that feed your marijuana roots immediately and in the long term as spring turns to summer and summer to autumn. Some marijuana growers make “supersoil,” and you can find out more about that here.
Depending on specific rainfall and soil moisture conditions, you might also mix in water-holding crystals, or an aerating agent such as coarse perlite. You’re trying to match your soil drainage, porosity, and density to the exact climate conditions you’re growing marijuana in.
Then you’d prep your outdoor grow site by excavating holes that are 2-3 feet in diameter and 2-3 feet deep, then mixing in your rich customized soil in as high a ratio as you can (this is affected by how much rich soil you were able to carry to the grow site, or how rich and aerated the native soil is already).
When you provide your plants this rich soil with carefully blended ingredients along with aeration and water-holding characteristics custom created by you, your plants get off to a great start and you don’t have to be as concerned that they’ll use up crucial nutrient elements too fast.
If you can’t bring in good soil and have to use existing soil at your outdoor marijuana grow site, that influences the way you add fertilizers and other amendments. It depends on the quality, nutritional richness and porosity of the existing soil. The main thing to remember is if you’re going to all the trouble of growing at a remote site, it’s worth it to improve or replace the soil so your plants have all the oxygen, nutrition, and water they need.
Water Your Outdoor Marijuana Plants With Root, Growth, and Bloom Boosters
All outdoor guerilla marijuana tactics we’re talking about are affected by practical logistics. When it comes to using water as a carrier for marijuana plant enhancers, the logistical limiter is whether you have access to water. You might have to carry water to your outdoor marijuana growing site. If you have a natural water source nearby, that’s better.
In either case, you need a container, because you’re going to mix a grow phase watering-in formula containing an organic 1-part grow phase base fertilizer, Roots Excelurator, B-52, Voodoo Juice, BioWeed, compost tea, and molasses. Follow the dosing instructions for each product, but cut the dose by 30-60% of the recommended full-strength dose, if you’re growing in rich soil. After you’ve placed your plants into the soil mix, water them in with this mixture.
It’s great if you can safely get back to your outdoor marijuana crop on a regular basis, so you can change your watering mixture as the season progresses. The most obvious change comes when your marijuana plants start pre-flowering and early flowering. The traditional approach for that transition into bloom phase in indoor marijuana grow rooms and in outdoor marijuana growing is to change base nutrients from grow to bloom, and load up on P and K.
My start-of-bloom-phase approach includes a watering with a 50% strength dose of organic bloom base, General Hydroponics BioWeed, Bud Ignitor, Voodoo Juice, Thrive Alive, molasses, Rhino Skin, and Roots Excelurator. If you’re growing in poor soil, use a full-strength dose. These components protect roots, enhance roots, feed root zone beneficial bacteria, increase resistance to pests, drought, stress, and diseases, make sturdier THC glands, and help your marijuana plants mature faster with more budding sites.
If I can get back to the crop mid-way through bloom, I do a watering using a dose-adjusted mixture of Big Bud, Budswel organic bloom powder, molasses or Bud Candy, B-52, Nirvana, and compost tea. I might also apply “passive” soil amendments, which you read about in the next section.
Yes, carrying all these marijuana nutrients to a grow site is a hassle. But you see a big increase in harvest weight, taste, THC and overall marijuana plant health when you provide these powerful bloom boosters to your crops.
Spiking & Layering Your Outdoor Marijuana Soil
If you want to make things easier, do passive amendments by spiking your soil with a convenient fertilizer product such as Jobe’s Organic Rose & Shrub spikes. These bloom phase spikes break down on their own to feed your marijuana plants valuable macronutrients targeted for bloom phase.
However you get a lot more impact by making your own personalized spikes and using other professional marijuana soil techniques. For information on creating your own high-powered marijuana soil mix, making fertilizer spikes, layering your soil with special amendments as you prep your outdoor marijuana grow site, take a look at the supersoil article we linked previously, along with the spiking and layering tips in the book True Living Organics, which you can read about here.
The magic of spiking and layering your marijuana plants have a big, built-in buffet to feast on all the way to harvest time. Spiking and layering are particularly valuable marijuana fertilizer techniques when you can’t get to your outdoor marijuana growing site often.
Just remember that most marijuana growers do layering at the start of an outdoor marijuana grow when they’re putting soil into the ground or grow bags. If you’re growing in pots, you can do a layering again when you transplant into larger pots for bloom phase.
Using the techniques described above, you take full advantage of the intense sun, wind, rain, and root size that makes outdoor marijuana growing so fun and profitable. Keep coming back here to find more outdoor marijuana growing tips you can’t get anywhere else. And if you’re reading this in July and wondering if you still have time to put in an outdoor medical marijuana crop and get it harvested before cold weather, torrential rains, helicopters, hunters, and other bad things arrive, check this out.