Try to get soil that looks like this!
Now here are a few examples of good and bad cannabis soil so you can see the texture you’re looking for!
Good Cannabis Soil
Rich and light composted soil. Since this soil doesn’t have a lot of perlite, it’s a good choice for a grower who doesn’t want to add a lot of extra nutrients or supplements in the water.
Good Cannabis Soil
The plant is growing in organic, composted “super soil” which has enough amendments to last your entire grow, so the only thing you do is add water!
Organic Potting Mix
Super Soil has a colony of micro-organisms living in the soil which form a symbiotic relationship with your plant roots. They deliver nutrients to your plant, and in return they eat the sugars that get secreted by your roots!
The “micro-herd” in the soil delivers nutrients directly to your plants. As long as you’re using decent water, you usually don’t need to worry about pH or other things that can disrupt nutrient absorption in regular soil.
Bad Cannabis Soil
Although this seedling is over a month old, it has stayed tiny. Its growth is stunted by the thick heavy soil that holds way too much water and not enough air. Note how some of the soil looks like one solid object.
Example of “Good” Cannabis Soil Ingredients
Their Ocean Forest soil mix is “hotter” soil (higher levels of nutrients) that contains ingredients that cannabis plants love, including earthworm castings, bat guano, fish meal and crab meal. The nutrients contained in the soil will provide everything your plant needs for several weeks. Although it might give young seedlings just a touch of nutrient burn at first, they can be started in Ocean Forest soil and will soon be able to use the nutrients and start growing quickly. Some growers might put a little big of Happy Frog on top of a container of Ocean Forest, just to make it a little more gentle for seedlings the first week or two.
Usually an organic potting mix does not have enough nutrients to last your plants for more than a few weeks, so it’s a good idea to always supplement with cannabis-friendly nutrients, especially in the flowering stage when your plant is making buds and needs lots of extra Phosphorus and Potassium.
There are some outstanding organic soil amendments and additives sold in bottles in most nurseries or on the internet, but using these synthetically-derived products exclusively will not necessarily result in excellent soil or buds.
Compost vs. Bottled Soil Amendments
However, you can keep a separate pile to compost over a longer period of time, known as cold composting. All you have to do is collect your yard waste and organic materials and set them apart in a pile or container.
Creating Your Own Compost
Some cannabis connoisseurs can actually taste the tell-tale flavors and smell the aromas of synthetic fertilizers that sometimes linger in cured dried flower, especially if it wasn’t properly flushed prior to harvestor cured and dried.