First of all, we want to tell you that the term “Super Soil” became popular in the world of cannabis since the acclaimed American breeder “SubCool”, a true legend among marijuana lovers delivered his recipe intended to be used to grow cannabis. This type of substrate refers to a soil that has been prepared to contain all the nutrients that a weed plant requires during the growth period.
The acclaimed breeder just mentioned understood that when we grow marijuana, one of the most important parts is related to the soil or substrate in which it is grown. Therefore, most of the problems of a cannabis grower stem from problems with the soil. That is why in this guide we are going to teach you how to make your own “Super Soil” so that you can grow your cannabis successfully.
This type of substrate, in addition to being probably the best for your plants, is also the best for the environment since it is 100% friendly because it can be made with homemade organic products or purchased from your favorite grow store and contains all the nutrients that a cannabis plant needs from seed to harvest, especially in the seedling phase and also during the growing plant.
The soil is prepared with completely organic components that contain living microorganisms that help create an ecosystem similar to the one found in nature, which stimulates the plant in its development from the birth of its first roots to the end of flowering.
As it happens in nature and in other methods such as composting, for example, super soil seeks to create and maintain beneficial microorganisms that work together in the soil. Perhaps it is the most natural way to increase the quality of your harvest without using synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides, which are commonly used in agribusiness.
In addition to stimulating the life of beneficial microorganisms, the benefits of super soil in cannabis cultivation are surprising since it allows you to harvest completely organic marijuana, the PH is also natural, it improves the absorption of nutrients, and it helps with moisture retention. To the above, it must be added that there is no accumulation of substances as if it happens when you use mineral-type fertilizers, which tend to accumulate salts at the bottom of the pots, that is, the plant does not require root washing before being harvested.
Cons of Super Soil
Some points against this type of substrate are the high cost that it can have since it is designed for large cannabis crops, preferably commercial. For the same reason, if your crop is small, it can cost you more than necessary to acquire the basic products and maintain that type of substrate. keep it.
In addition, it can be tiring to use this land, since good physical work is required to mix the components, prepare the land, and other details that, in turn, have a slow time since it can take between 70 and 80 days before being ready to be used and the plant grow slower in super soil than a standard substrate with liquid fertilizer.
Make your own high-quality super soil. Step by Step
You must have all these raw materials to be able to put together the final substrate in a good way.
Step 1: You must mix the following ingredients
In this step, it is important that growers distribute and mix the components in a proportional and homogeneous way because, in this way, they will have a more optimal and balanced substrate for the plants. You can use a large container to hold this mixture or use a tarp to make a lump where each component is mixed.
3.5 Gallons of coco fiber
3.5 Gallons of perlite
3.5 gallons of vermiculite
5.5 Gallons of bagged organic compost (made in-house).
Step 2: You must mix the material that you already have prepared with the other ingredients
To achieve this new function of ingredients you must count and add certain fundamental elements in the process.
1 Cup of bat guano
1 Cup of algae flour
1 Cup of alfalfa flour
1 Cup of Dolomite Lime
1/4 Cup of mycorrhizae to ensure that the roots grow strong and healthy. In addition, they promote micro life in the substrate.
Step 3: Transplant your plant
Here it is necessary to transplant the plants, from their original pots to the super substrate. Keep in mind that this type of substrate is not designed for small plants, so you should wait between 1 and 1.5 months to transplant. At this time, cannabis plants have already developed a good root system as well as a structure solid enough to withstand transport and a super-powered substrate like this.
Step 4: Start watering without measuring PH
However, the plants can begin to thrive in their new home without measuring PH or EC, since Dolomite Cal does its job by controlling the PH of the substrate in general and naturally. From this moment, you can water your plants without a pH meter or additional nutrients. In spite of that, if you like to have all the parameters well measured, you can do control with a PH meter, always looking to have these levels between 6.0 and 6.5 as the ideal figure.
Despite what we pointed out above, it is good to take into account the PH and EC with this type of substrate because in some cases, especially for novice growers, some problems may arise, such as, for example, the little irrigation that is done to the super soil, therefore microorganisms cannot correctly colonize the substrate. And here we emphasize that the water must be as clean of contaminants as possible, because if it has a PPM greater than 400 or is above 6.5 the PH, the plants may be affected.
You need to protect the microbes, fungi, and other beneficial organisms in the growing medium so they can break down nutrients and deliver them to the roots of your cannabis plants, just like they do in nature with large trees or small plants.
These organisms are the vehicle that transports the food that your marijuana plants need from the root, so if you try to take care of the soil ecosystem, you will almost never have to worry about the pH in your cannabis cultivation.
Step 5: Care and analysis of the plants
This is the last step in this process and perhaps one of the most relevant since after the transplant, it is necessary to start caring for the plants accordingly and, therefore, their respective inspections and analysis. If it is your first time growing with super soil, we recommend that you take into account the characteristics of each variety so that you can know how each of them will progress. You must bear in mind that some genetics may take a little longer and others may have faster and more explosive growth and flowering, all of which will depend on the type of genetics you are growing.
To distinguish if your cannabis plants adapt well to super soil, we leave you some tips that can help you.
- When the leaves are raised and erect towards the light, it means that the conditions of the plant are healthy and that it is consuming all the light or sun that it receives.
- If the cannabis plant is growing rapidly and develops a strong central stem and strong lateral branches that support its weight, it means that the plant is in a healthy growing condition.
On the other hand, if the above does not happen and the following signs are shown in the plants, it means that your crop is in trouble. :
- Being a basic sign, many times the plants and the tips of the leaves are burned or curved inwards or outwards like a claw. This means that the cannabis plant is not having an optimal development because it can burn due to the excess of nutrients from the super substrate or it suffers from a nutritional imbalance and is not receiving the nutrients as it should.
For this reason, it is good to know which cannabis varieties are the most suitable for growing in super soil, and for that it is good to have some references, which we give you in this guide.
The glorious Sweet Island by Blimburn Seeds shows that it adapts excellently to super soil or also called Organic Soil. This mostly sativa girl only needs 8-10 weeks of flowering and you can harvest between 600gr -100gr. The effect is remarkable, a mix between euphoric creativity and relaxation which, combined with its sweet flavor, with notes of skunk and grape, make a real bomb.
This variety adapts well to high temperatures and controls must always be carried out to prevent it from being affected by high humidity, since it is prone to being attacked by fungi such as mold or powdery mildew. In spite of that, if you use trichodermas, microrrhizas, and non-pathogenic fungi in your super soil that help fight harmful fungi, your Sweet Island will surely behave in the best way and you will have a great harvest.
Beautiful Gorilla Glue grown in super soil, showing its growth potential in this type of substrate, with a strong central stem and thick lateral branches that begin to see the first pre-flowers, since this variety is in the third week of flowering. As you can see, these cannabis plants are 100% healthy in their substrate, with erect leaves seeking the light of indoor cultivation and with a beautiful color, therefore they do not suffer from any type of deficiency at first sight.
If you fix the Gorilla Glue plant well, in addition to adapting to the super soil, it also responds in a great way to the LST training that the gardener gave it, since its lateral branches are tied and that allows the plant to absorb light more homogeneous produce, larger buds, thicker and heavier in different parts of the plant.
Another specimen from Blimburn seeds grown in soil is a large Bruce Banner that is in her flowering phase during week 8 with only a few days to harvest. The development of the buds that look strong, fat, and powerful and are already beginning to show maturing signs is remarkable.
This is another example of the healthy plants that grow and flourish in a good super soil, which can be enhanced for flowering with some powdered flower stimulant which works together with bat guano and microorganisms so that so the plant receives the nutrition it deserves.
The acclaimed Grandaddy Purple shows us an incredible development with a magnificent color on its leaves, which reflects the good condition it has thanks to being cultivated in soil. The abundance of its foliage is a clear sign that Grandaddy Purple feels incredible to be grown in that substrate, now it only remains to wait for flowering, since this plant is only in its third week of flowering.
This famous strain, mostly indica, is special to grow in super soil because its flowering is fast, it only takes 60-65 days and it also rewards gardeners with great crops of 500 gr/plant outdoors and about 450-500 gr/m2 indoors, it is In other words, it takes advantage of each nutrient of the super soil in a perfect way.
In short, growing in super soil can be a great experience for any breeder, especially for those who seek the best from their plants in an organic and natural way. Without a doubt, if you start working on your super soil, you can use this guide to have the necessary knowledge and you can also consult other tutorials with which to obtain the most optimal knowledge.
Now, you just have to get down to work to start making the best super soil of all and obtain heavy yields with mutant marijuana plants that are full of great flowers with an exquisite flavor, great smoke, and memorable hits, whether they are your indica genetics, sativas or rudelarys, remember that at Blimburn seeds you can buy the best marijuana seeds in order to have an incredible crop.