Organic cannabis cultivation refers to cultivating the cannabis plants and herbs by natural process. Although the cannabis industry has introduced various synthetic formulas and methods which produce good outcomes the best-quality and healthy plants grow in natural environments. Organic cannabis cultivation involves the conversion of low-value or waste products into useful resources which are effective for the fields and the green environment as well. Following are the essential factors that are inevitable to know if you are planning to cultivate cannabis using organic methods.
- Using soil food web
The soil food web involves various microorganisms, insects, birds as well as mammals but the key players include bacteria, fungi, nematodes, protozoa and worms. Most of these microorganisms act as both predator and prey and they play a vital role in the decomposition of organic matter into useful nutrients and minerals required for the growth of cannabis plants. Soil food web helps in maintaining soil in suitable conditions necessary for healthy growth of plants.
- Managing soil nutrients
Cannabis plants need a proper diet to give the best outcomes. Two types of nutrients i.e. macronutrients and micronutrients are necessary to ensure good health. Usually, cannabis plants intake all nutrients from the soil but deplete it over a time period so fertilizers are mixed in the soil to improve the growing medium. Organic fertilizers are derived from organic matter that gradually decomposes until the soil food web restores natural materials into nutrients that plants can utilize. Unlike, chemical fertilizers are acidic in nature and are synthesized by using petroleum by-products at a commercial scale. Both organic and chemical fertilizers are being employed by organic cannabis growers to enrich the yield.
- Maintaining pH level
It is important to pay attention to the pH level of soil in order to combat issues of acidity. In general, 0–6 values represent acidity, 7 signifies neutrality, and 8–14 values represent alkalinity on a pH scale. Cannabis plants grow in less acidic soil i.e. in between 6–7. Nutrient lockout occurs if the soil is highly acidic or alkaline in nature. In this case, roots find difficulty in uptaking nutrients from the soil. Maintaining ph Level is of great importance to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
- Forming compost
Compost is an essential element for the organic cultivation of cannabis. It reforms the soil by recycling hunk and garden waste. Compost piles having microbes in them, decompose organic matter into a “black gold” to boost the efficiency of nutrients in the soil. Two methods i.e. slow composting and worm composting are being used in this regard.
In order to raise a successful cannabis crop employing purely organic methods, utilizing soil food web, enriching soil nutrients, taking care of pH level of soil, and adding compost, are the significant factors that cannot be ignored. The above-mentioned techniques play a crucial role to work in harmony with nature and to ensure improved results.