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worms for growing weed

Worms for growing weed

Because of their plant-growing properties, earthworms are an important part of a healthy ecosystem and planet. On land with proper soil, there may be more than a million of them in an acre of land. There are more than 2,600 varieties of earthworms. Contrary to popular belief, earthworms grow to a maximum size, beyond which they do not grow. The largest earthworm ever discovered was in South Africa and measured 22 feet long. As cold-blooded animals without the ability to thermoregulate, earthworms respond to the temperature of their environments and are more active in warmer climes. Charles Darwin found earthworms so fascinating that he spent more than 38 years studying them.

Earthworm castings are capable of things other soil additives simply can’t offer. In addition to providing better soil aeration and drainage, they promote better water retention, which is an important aspect of cannabis cultivation. They can absorb water better and retain it longer than unamended soil. In addition to these benefits and the natural plant nutrients found in worm castings, they contain important microbes that help plants fight off disease. Just like humans reap the benefits from vitamins C and D to build their immune systems, plants derive huge benefits from castings. Earthworms also contain compounds that serve as a natural repellent for unwanted insect pests that feed on plants, like aphids and spider mites—two known enemies of cannabis.

Proven Benefits

Advanced organic cannabis cultivators make a practice of creating rich compost that’s already full of nutrients. To this, they add earthworms to infuse the compost with nutrient goodness even more. Buying or creating worm bins is an excellent way to create your own organic plant food at home. It takes the compost concept one step further. You can harvest the earthworm casting from the bins and separate the worms to create a new batch of castings in the bin. Adding castings to compost is a practice known as vermicomposting.

Earthworm manure, just like the manure from horses and cows (two other vegetarians), is a regular part of commercial potting soil because the nutrient-rich matter the animals eliminate is packed with plant food. It’s all part of the natural cycle of life. Vegetarian animals eat the plants, break them down, and feed the environment for more plants to grow.

Accelerated Plant Growth

Just about anyone who enjoys gardening knows that earthworms are good for soil. The benefits of worms have been widely recognized for generations. Although a wide variety of effective cannabis nutrient recipes are floating around various cultivation operations, no cannabis grower who practices soil-based cultivation should overlook the time-tested, hugely beneficial importance of earthworm castings. This vital nutrient ranks among the most important in today’s organic cannabis space. The benefits of this superfood on our favorite crop can’t be denied.

Worms for growing weed

Lastly, humus is ideal for germination and growth of the plant and the root system – when flowering, other composts are needed.

Next, we describe these processes and their pros:

Humus is ideal compost, really easy to use – just add it to the substrate and blend it adequately; the plants cannot survive just with humus – when flowering, the plants need other specific composts. Besides, it has to be carefully applied – excess humus could paralyze the crop development: humus quantity is three times smaller than soil – even less.

How to use it

Worm and Marijuana

Fertilizer and worm

Worm humus pros are multiple and varied, partially mentioned above; anyway, we could summarize them, so you would get to know them properly.

How does worm humus work?

Humus contains bacteria and protozoa which nourish the soil, providing an adequate environment for the development of the root systems, and reducing the risk of diseases; those bacteria fix nitrogen, transforming it into an easy way for the plants to be assimilated. Besides, the protozoa also release nitrogen, so the strains can properly assimilate the bacteria and fungi.

Earthworms are an essential part of soil life and the biological processes in it; these striped worms eat alive and dead organic material, and have been living in the Earth for millions of years.