As we have already learned, the first stage of growing is the vegetative cycle; you will only require one
product for this period. I like the organic veg nutrients, as they give me a bushier plant to work with—but
they do make the process take a little longer than if you use a bio-organic or synthetic product. I find that
with bio-organic or synthetic products, it takes less time to veg, but there are not as many branches and
they tend to stretch. To combat this you could use a metal halide bulb (MH), which gives off a blue light
instead of the orange light given by a high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulb. The blue light will promote more
branches and help prevent branch underdevelopment. One drawback of using these bulbs is that your veg
cycle will be extended by an extra 30% to 40%. Also, the MH bulbs give off more heat than HPS bulbs,
so extra cooling is necessary.
From cloning to your first week of your veg cycle, you should only use a 1/3 of the maximum dosage
suggested on the bottle of nutrients. The plants are very delicate and small at this stage and can’t handle a
full dose. Once the plants are about six to eight inches tall, you can move up to 2/3 of the suggested
dosage. When your plants reach one foot tall, they are big and strong enough to take a full dose.
Some growers choose to use their veg nutrient up to a couple weeks into flowering, to help the plants
growth while they are turning to flower. I find that unnecessary, and like to help the flowering process as
soon as possible. The natural growing pattern will give you the right size of plant for this type of indoor
gardening. If you continue to use the veg nutrients, your plants may grow too big for your growing area.
The nutrient you choose for flowering is going to be your plant’s main course every time they feed. I find
that the organic products leave you with a less dense bud than the others. They are great if you are looking
for more flavor and fairly potent buds, but most likely organics will have an effect on your final weight.
The synthetic products give you lots of flower power, both in weight and potency. However, even
with an intensive leaching, you’re left with street-level biker pot, which is effective but very unhealthy,
especially for daily use, and will most likely leave you with a massive headache. With the bio-organic
nutrients I find you get the best of worlds: great taste and great yield, plus they’re much healthier than the
Your plants will be ready for the suggested dosage on the bottle immediately, and you should use that
dose for the entire flower cycle, right up until the leaching process. Always add the flower nutrient to the
mixture first as a base, and then add any additional products.
Ripening nutrients are used in the later stages of flowering, once there are flowers to ripen! It is very
important that you use these products; it gives you that extra resin potency and a more dense bud. In this
case, since you use only a little bit at a time with a full dose of flower nutrient, plus the proper cleaning
with my leaching process, I suggest using the synthetic products. They give you that extra edge in potency
and density to top off your garden before harvest. The organic and bio-organic nutrients do a great job
too, but they can’t compete with the synthetics’ overall power. Remember to ease the ripening formula in
to the feeding by starting with a small dose to start. Most ripening formulas are applied during week five
to seven, or until the bud is totally ripe.
Also look for a pre-ripening product, to be used mainly during weeks three and four. Be sure to use
products all from the same company, as you risk a bad reaction between the products if you don’t. Do not
mix companies unless you know that the products work well together. Pre-ripening formulas promote
extra flowering on the branches and are also used early in the flowering process.
Leaching agents were designed for hydroponic gardens, in which a lot of synthetic nutrients are used.
They are necessary to remove all the excess nutrients and heavy metals that the plants have been soaking
in. This is called leaching; if your plants are not leached then the resulting bud won’t burn properly. I’m
sure you have received bud that either crackled or left you with a black hard ash in your bowl. This means
the plants were not leached and you’re inhaling whatever they used on their plants. Although we are
growing in soil, so only really need a steady dose of plain water to leach the plants, I still like to use a
leaching product as well. The cleaner your plants are, the cleaner the stone, leaving your body cleaner
and increasing the flavor. Also, since many people use marijuana for medicine on a daily basis, the
healthier it is, the better.