Synthetic V.S Organic Nutrients for Cannabis: A Breakdown

What’s the difference? 

As spring starts to peak its shining head around the corner, all growers are thinking of new crops and better ways to feed and nurture their vibrant plants, and to do so more cost effectively.

As well as being much better for the environment, using organic methods ensure that your plant gets the absolute best nutrients and care, so you can enjoy the rewards of your labour to the fullest and in the most eco-friendly way. 

Synthetic Nutrients:

 If your plant isn’t gaining its nutrients directly from nature and every aspect of the growing process is controlled by you, this would be synthetic nutrient supplementation.

 It’s great to know exactly what nutrients your plant is feeding on, but a concern of using synthetic nutrients is that if used with incorrect dosage or too regularly, synthetic nutrients will cause nutrient burn.

It is interesting to note that one of the key defining factors of medical grade marijuana is that synthetic nutrients cannot be used due to residual solvents left in the bud left by the synthetic nutrients if not flushed correctly.

From the growers’ perspective:

Using synthetic nutrients is force feeding your plant specific nutrients based on where your plant is in the grow cycle.

Organic Nutrients:

Organic nutrients are supplied to the plant by the microbial life in the soil and around the root systems, this then feeds the plant.

Organic supplementing would be to supplement organic bi-product directly into your feeding schedule.

Growing your marijuana organically would mean that you are using products that are organic to do what they were made to do for all of the beautiful buds meant to grow in this world. 

It really is amazing how natural ways of supplying your plant with organically occurring nutrients can be just as, if not more, effective than synthetic nutrients. We also think that it can make the growing process feel a lot less scientific and a lot more hands-on, giving a natural feeling experience throughout.

Organic Pest Control

Praying mantids, predator mites, and ladybugs are a very efficient way to organically control pests and powdery mildew without using harmful chemicals.

Praying mantids can be used to control pests such as mites, gnats, aphids, flies and on the odd occasion even a caterpillar. 

Predator mites can be used to control mites, white flies and thrips.

Lady bugs can be used to control spider mites as well as a broad spectrum of other soft-bodied insects.


The best part of this is that none of these insects will cause any damage to your plant if managed correctly.

Organic worm farming (Vermiculture):

Organic worm farming, known as vermiculture, is an eco-friendly way to supply your plant with naturally occurring, healthy nutrients.

These worms eat non-citrus fruit and veg scraps, coffee (occasionally, they’re trying to cut down on caffeine), coffee filters, other household scraps  and other vegetation. They decompose this matter to make a wonderful, low-cost and efficient natural plant fertilizer.


One of the risks of using synthetic nutrients is that if used with incorrect dosage or too regularly, synthetic nutrients will cause nutrient burn.

With this method of organic  supplementation your plant feeds on the nutrients it needs, opposed to you “force feeding” it doses of synthetic nutrients. 

These worms are used to create ‘worm manure’, also known as worm castings. 


The worms are kept in a container with water saturated bedding, as well as soil and water, they are then fed any scraps of garden or home veg. 

Please note that it is recommended that dairy and meat should be avoided, because it can turn your earthy smelling compost rather foul.



We hope you explore some new techniques when nurturing your crops this spring, and we know you’ll have some amazing results!

 Happy Growing!

References:

https://www.cannabisfarmer.com/friendly-bugs-for-cannabis-plants-the-praying-mantis/

https://www.blueskyorganics.com/growing-science/worm-castings-potent-fertilizer/

https://www.simplegrowsoil.com/pages/are-worm-castings-the-best-fertilizer-for-marijuana-growers

https://www.simplegrowsoil.com/pages/are-worm-castings-the-best-fertilizer-for-marijuana-growers

https://420bigbud.com/biological-pest-control/

https://www.royalqueenseeds.com/blog-cannabis-101-ladybugs-as-a-natural-solution-to-spider-mites-n315

https://www.leafly.com/news/growing/best-cannabis-nutrients

https://www.royalqueenseeds.com/blog-organic-vs-synthetic-nutrients-for-growing-cannabis-n551

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