Tips for Caring for Your Marijuana Plants

There is a reason why marijuana has been given the nickname “weed.” Despite the recent boom in high-quality, designer marijuana strains, the plant itself is not that difficult to grow. However, investing in the right setup and putting in the effort can make a huge difference in the quality of the finished product.

If done correctly, caring for marijuana plants can be very rewarding. Though there is a wealth of information on how to grow the best plants possible, there is always a lot of trial and error when figuring out how to do it. Follow the tips listed below to get a jump start on growing high-quality marijuana plants.


The first thing to think about when planning to grow marijuana is where the plants will be grown. Consider the space available and decide if they will be indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both. Depending on the local climate, growing plants outside can provide an abundance of natural light, but will also expose plants to pests and plant diseases. Growing indoors can give the grower ultimate control over the environment and limit exposure to pests and disease, but doing so also requires investing in lightning and an irrigation system. 

Seeds or Clones

There are many places to try to cut costs in a grow setup, but choosing seeds or clones is not one of them. It is critical to buy the best genetics available, as these provide the most consistent results and have the greatest resistance to pests and disease. Seeds are usually the best way to go, as these have the strongest genetics and grow the hardiest plants. 


Marijuana plants need a lot of nutrients as they grow, so choosing good soil is critical. Soil should be loamy and have good drainage to allow the roots to access both air and water at all times. If growing outdoors in clay soil, consider using a container with high-quality soil in it rather than growing directly in the ground. Check out for a huge range of supplies. While growing in the ground can provide roots ample space to stretch out, it is better to grow them in a smaller space with good soil than a large space with bad soil. 


Most of the time, marijuana plants will need to be watered every two to three days. If growing plants outdoors, then that may be less depending on local rainfall. Take care not to overwater plants, as this will cause root rot and will have a detrimental effect on the final product. Water marijuana plants when the top inch of the soil starts to feel dry. 


If growing plants outdoors, the type of light will not be a huge concern. Marijuana plants are photoperiodic, so they will start to flower once there are less than twelve hours of sunlight available per day. If growing indoors, this change has to be done manually. Indoor growers should invest in a high-quality light that is meant for growing marijuana and keep it on a timer. 

Be careful now to allow light leaks during the flowering stage, as this can confuse the plant and cause it to hermaphrodite. Plants that do this will likely end up producing seeds, which will lower the quality of the buds at the end. 


Marijuana plants are heavy feeders, so fertilizing them often is the best course of action. In the early vegetative stages, make sure to give the plants fertilizer with lots of nitrogen for leaf growth and phosphorus for root growth. In the flowering stage, lower the amount of nitrogen given to the plants and increase the amount of potassium, which supports flowering growth.

Most nutrient solutions and fertilizers that are meant for growing marijuana have an NPK rating and instructions on how to feed the plants during each stage. Pay close attention to these instructions and follow them exactly for the best results. Plants that are grown indoors benefit greatly from adding a calcium and magnesium supplement, called CalMag. 

The Joy of Growing Marijuana

Growing marijuana can be as rewarding as growing your own vegetable garden. Use the tips here to get the best results from a marijuana plant and you will be on your way to high-quality cannabis buds in no time. 

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