Best Cannabis Nutrients for Home Growers
Looking for a smart and effective cannabis nutrient formula? You’ve come to the right place! Jen’s Craft Nutrients have been painstakingly designed to match your grow media AND the specific uptake patterns of your plants.
Home growers have many choices of how to feed their cannabis plants, and all of them claim to be amazing, but if you look under the hood, you start finding that many of the big-name brands weren’t even tested on cannabis before they went into production. The formulas were created by agronomists who aren’t cannabis growers, and therefore the results are lackluster.
Most cannabis nutrient formulas start out seeming fine, but by the time you get half way through the flowering cycle, leaves start to turn yellow. This usually happens because of certain minerals being too high in the formula. Cannabis plants can handle a certain amount of excess of each essential mineral, but after a certain point, it starts to damage the plants and cut into your quality and yield.
Jen’s Craft Nutrients isn’t your average cannabis fertilizer. It’s pH balanced (read more about the importance of pH balance here), and since it matches the needs of cannabis plants, the ingredients don’t get wasted either running out the bottom of the pot or by creating toxicities in your plants.
Cannabis home growers care about their plants as if they are pets and children. And since everyone appreciates great quality cannabis, hobby growers also want top notch results. Because of this, Jen’s Craft Nutrients Flowering Formulas are designed for specific grow media. We have a rockwool formula and a coco/peat formula. We recommend specific brands of rockwool, coco fiber and peat for best results.
The recommended brands of rockwool are Grodan and Cultilene. The recommended brands of coco are HortGrow Coco, and Coco to Gro Pro by Beanstalk. These are 2 brands of coco fiber that are both unbuffered and very low in salt content.
If you like growing in peat, any brand of peat that is buffered with calcitic limestone and dolomite should work fine, but our trials have been done using Pro-mix HP.
Jen’s Craft Nutrients is designed for use with pure water, which includes any reverse osmosis or distilled water. If your tap water is very good quality, it will also work, but if you live in an urban area or have well water, you’ll get much better results with reverse osmosis or distilled water. You can buy distilled water at the drug store or grocery store, or you can buy a small reverse osmosis system like this one to install at your home. It might seem expensive, but if it improves your cannabis quality and yield by 10% or more to have it, it’s worth the money.
Water Quality Requirements for Best Success Growing Cannabis
The lowest budget way to get pure water is with a Zero Water Pitcher Filter. This unit also comes with a meter that allows you to measure the purity of your tap water, so it’s a great deal. It’s just slow compared to an RO system, with a lower capacity.
Choosing a Cannabis Fertilizer
There are almost too many choices of cannabis nutrients to choose from. For a long time, we didn’t want to launch another cannabis formula, but after lab testing and field testing all of the cannabis fertilizers we could get, we decided we could do better. We found that most other formulas had high micronutrients, high Calcium or problems with pH balance. This is probably because most of these other companies haven’t used lab testing of cannabis leaf tissue to dial in their formulas.
Lab testing for cannabis hasn’t been possible up until the past few years, and most of the well known formulas have been around for a lot longer than that.
Are these Cannabis Nutrients Organic?
We love the planet and respect your values! However, we have not made this cannabis fertilizer organic because organic cannabis nutrients are not as pH-stable and are more difficult to control. We are putting results first, while also ensuring maximum environmental responsibility by matching the mineral profile with the needs of the plants, so what you put in should get completely used, rather than causing runoff of nitrates and phosphates that could cause algae blooms in water ways.
We hope to launch an organic cannabis fertilizer line in the future. It has already been in development for several years, but we don’t feel it is ready yet. So for now, we’d like you to try this cannabis fertilizer and see how it goes!
How Do I Use Marijuana Nutrients for Best Results?
The most important components of properly feeding your cannabis plants are:
- Don’t over-fertilize (don’t under-fertilizer either, but most people overdo it)
- Don’t over water – Let the pots containing your cannabis plants get pretty light weight, but not to the point of wilting, between waterings).
- Measure and maintain pH (we provide measuring paper and pH liquid adjusters to help with this)
- Don’t put small plants in big pots – the water will get stale and become unattractive to roots if your pots aren’t drying out every 1-4 days.