If there is one thing that a grower has to keep in mind in the process of growing a plant, it is to water it just right. In case the person isn’t as well aware of the right way of watering the plants, chances are that the end result wouldn’t be as per their expectations. Since plants are 90% water, there is a constant thirst that needs to be quenched. Marijuana plants, in particular, require a lot of water but if watered carelessly, could easily get ruined.
There is a list of instructions that all Riverside medical marijuana doctors swear by. Let us cover them in the blog below so that the person can easily create an effective watering schedule for their cannabis plants to extract a good harvest each time.
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When Should I Water the Plants?
Now the primary thing of concern for people is to allot the right time to water the plants. There can not be a hard and fast rule about the exact time for watering the plants as they are almost always grown in different environments and different soils. What a person does however need to ensure, is that the soil that houses the plant is moist at all times.
It is important to note that during the initial weeks of plant growth, when it is at the seedling stage, the humidity levels have to be high, up to 70% but since the plant is so small not a lot of water is needed to completely wet the roots. Hence a 2 to 3 days interval is the best time period for watering the seedlings.
And if it is at the vegetative stage, then the person must water the plants 1 to 3 times per week of course depending on the area it covers or the container it is in. During the flowering stage, a person should be watering the plants 3 to 4 times a week. It does sound complicated but by consulting an expert or an MMJ doctor the process will become easier.
As cannabis is an important form of alternative therapy that instigates a positive change in the life of people it could be reason enough for people to treat it as the holistic activity that it is. The rest of the watering schedule of the plants should be done in such a way that the roots don’t ever get a chance to dry up. If the plants are being grown outdoors, people can easily find the level of the dampness of the soil by inserting their fingers and then working out the time for the next watering time.
Due to the inbuilt mechanism that binds humans and plants, instinct is sometimes the most important to follow and listen to in such matters.
How Much Water Does the Plant Need?
As mentioned before, a cannabis plant requires more water than other plants. That does not mean that you need to drown the plant in water completely. If you do that, the over-irrigation of the crop will lead to a poor output in terms of actually getting a high-quality plant. Let us look at the factors that a person who is watering the plants must always remember.
- The stage of growth the plant is at
- The type of cannabis strain it is
- Size of the pot or container
- Size of the plant itself
- The environment:
- If inside, what is the room temperature, lights, and humidity level inside the room?
- If outside, what is the normal environment outside, of course keeping in mind the natural temperature and humidity levels
The best thing a person can do is to be aware of what your plant needs by establishing a deep connection with it. As animals and humans, plants are living breathing beings that will tell you how they’re doing through some form of external signs. If they’re not watered properly, they will turn yellow and dry up and if you overwater them, it is possible that their growth might get hampered.
As a grower, it is your responsibility to be mindful of all signs and symptoms displayed by the plants outwardly. It might prove to be difficult if you have a number of plants to look after, however, the hard work you do now will definitely bear the best quality of plants for you.
How to Water Plants: Indoors & Outdoors
The procedure to actually water the plants varies as per the environment it is being grown in. Whether the plant is inside the house or outside on an out-of-sight and hidden property. Let us find out the procedure of watering the plants in the right way for each of these situations.
If the plants are being grown indoors, we know that they are probably being grown in pots and have a relatively smaller size. Keeping in mind such constrictions that come with growing marijuana plants under your roof, you have to accordingly also think of a good plan to water your plants in just the right way.
The person should be alert and in complete control of where the plant is in terms of its growth and water it in just the required amount. What can help with a proper watering schedule is if the person has different containers for the three main stages of plant growth as they will dictate the amount of water you’re pouring in.
A person should start by putting in a glass of water first and if that doesn’t seem to have moistened the soil enough, should they go ahead and put in a whole mug? Say for example you have a 3L pot for the stage when the plant starts stretching itself, then the person must put in only about half a liter of water to wet the roots. However, it may vary as per the situation at hand.
If the plants are being grown out in the open, chances are that the people have enough space to grow big hefty plants. Watering plants then becomes easy if they have access to unlimited water to cover the whole area. It is important that the soil around the plant remains moist at all times and is not actually drowning in water. It is quite common for people to literally kill the plants from the very roots by watering them too much.
A person should then gradually water their plants and not pour it all at once. Testing the absorption rate and depth is also a good idea for people to begin with. Only after testing how moist the soil gets can they accurately predict how much water they should put in.
Maintaining a healthy watering schedule for cannabis plants is almost as important as getting the right kind of seeds or putting in the best fertilizers for their growth. Hopefully, this blog has been able to cover all the important queries that are attached to this holistic process and people find it a little easier to practice the best watering habits hereon.