EARTHWORM HUMUS: FERTILIZE YOUR CANNABIS
If you’re considering using worm castings as fertilizer for your cannabis, you’re on the right track. Nowadays, it ranks among the best natural fertilizers available, free from chemical agents and highly effective. Its advantages are particularly potent in cannabis cultivation.
In the following lines, you’ll learn how to enhance your planting using this technique and make the most of its benefits. This practice has gained many followers worldwide for being entirely natural and proven to be productive.
What are worm castings?
Obtaining worm castings to fertilize your cannabis crops is quite easy, requiring only a few materials and some patience. Worm castings refer simply to the residue left by these organisms after feeding.
However, not any worm produces it; it’s the Californian red worm. This species feeds on almost any organic matter, producing high-quality organic fertilizer after ingestion. The result is a fertilizer rich in excellent mineral elements for cannabis.
This Californian red worm castings contain no seeds or fungi, making it an unparalleled natural product. The bacterial flora of the Californian red worm contributes ideal acids for roots, along with phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, and other vital elements. Some of the organic remains they consume include:
- Other types of crops.
- Animal remains.
- Waste from other plants.
This unparalleled fertilizer can be found naturally, but it’s also possible to produce it manually. Just place the red worms in the right place and provide them with organic matter for sustenance; this way, you can fertilize with worm castings.
Fertilizing with worm castings – Nutrients for your cannabis plants
Today, many experts know how to make worm castings to achieve optimal fertilization of their marijuana plants. Those who want to start this practice will encounter a marvelous organic material that results in strong and robust plants. Let’s see what worm casting fertilizer is used for:
- It helps the plant develop better by aiding optimal absorption of potassium, calcium, and various essential minerals.
- The abundant microbial load of these worms produces nutrient-rich castings, promoting healthy growth.
- It prevents the plant from dehydrating due to its high water absorption. Liquid worm castings protect against diseases, potential injuries, and poor root development.
- It promotes vigorous crop growth.
- It acts as a significant shield against pathogens.
- It positively impacts the biological development of the soil.
- It favors a balanced pH in the soil.
- It’s non-toxic, making it a top-notch organic fertilizer.
Applying worm castings, the cultivation will have better performance as it will be in completely healthy soil, producing a healthy plant. The benefits are undeniable:
- Improved soil aeration. When this happens, the plant breathes better, and the roots will grow stronger.
- Retention capacity. Soil with good water retention doesn’t need constant watering. This way, nutrients are better fixed.
- Strengthened microbial life. The manure generated by the worm provides nutrients to the soil bacteria and stored microorganisms, preventing the proliferation of pathogens.
Other benefits of worm castings relate to a high germination rate and an effective fungicidal effect. Worm castings weaken the armor of certain insects and mites that attack cannabis.
How to make worm castings at home
Producing worm castings on your own is quite simple and economical; you’ll only need a few things:
- A container: where you’ll prepare the compost or mixture.
- Worms: a good quantity of Californian red worms.
- Organic matter: which will serve as food for the worms.
The container where you’ll deposit the worms can be plastic. An anime container would also be ideal. You’ll open holes in the bottom, and underneath, you’ll place another container or lid where the worm castings will fall. You can get Californian red worms in packages at gardening stores.
From spring to summer is the period of greatest reproduction, so soon you’ll have a very good population of worms. In the center of the bucket, you’ll place a generous amount of them. Then, you’ll add waste from your kitchen, excluding meat and fish remains.
Place it in the shade and cover it; after 2 days, add more organic matter and repeat for 4 consecutive days, mixing with crushed eggshells. Water it but not excessively. After 2 months, you’ll be collecting high-quality worm castings for your cannabis.
A good method for fertilizing with worm castings
There’s an effective way to use worm castings to fertilize cannabis. It’s a nutrient-rich worm casting tea made with a bag of worm castings:
- Take a porous bag and fill it with worm castings.
- In a container, put 20 liters of chlorine-free water.
- Introduce the bag (like a tea bag) and leave it there overnight.
- When you remove it, you’ll have made a “tea” (liquid fertilizer) with highly effective worm castings.
Worm castings, besides being effective, are very versatile.
The best fertilizer for cannabis
Worm castings have proven to be a great resource for cannabis growers. It’s a highly productive, natural, and economical fertilizer that ensures the health of both soil and crops, resulting in beautiful and high-quality plants.