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To correct nitrogen deficiencies in your marijuana garden, adding granulated
products made from alfalfa and/or cottonseed to the soil provides protein which
counteracts the deficiency. Pressed alfalfa hay and the remaining solids after
Bergman's cotton seeds have been pressed for oil act as slow-release nitrogen fertilizers
Harvesting Tips when combined with the soil. Alfalfa meal or pellets are used as animal feed
and is also used as a fertilizer to increase organic matter in the soil. Alfalfa
contains trianconatol, which is a fatty acid stimulating growth. Cottonseed meal
is high in nitrogen. However, due to the use of pesticides in cotton fields, it
is imperative you use pesticide free products on your cannabis.

2 – Cal-Mag (Calcium – Magnesium)

As the name suggests, Cal-Mag contains calcium and magnesium, along with

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Marijuana Grow nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, so be careful when considering this
Guides control method. Do not use Cal-Mag during the flowering stage or the flowers

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Seeds, soil and vegetative stage. Cannabis roots absorb calcium and magnesium in a proper
fertilizer pH level (6.5). If the pH is off, calcium deficiency can result in the forming of
Sexing, cloning and dead spots in the leaves, then crinkling or spotting. Follow instructions and
don’t over-apply or you can end up raising the essential nutrient levels too high.
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3 – Calcium Nitrate
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This is another option for correcting calcium deficiency. It can be found at larger
garden centers as a fertilizer or through scientific supply houses. Calcium
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needed. Again, use caution using any calcium correcting control during the
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flowering stage of your marijuana plant, so as to avoid providing more nitrogen
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4 – Chelated Minerals
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Chelated minerals are those that have been bonded together by organic
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compounds and are necessary to a marijuana plant’s ability to transport oxygen

Plant Care Guides and nutrients. Because minerals are inorganic, the chelating process facilitates

Nutrients absorption by plant life. They can be used to correct certain mineral
Pests deficiencies, while correcting imbalanced pH levels. The most common usage
Diseases is liquid fertilizers targeting copper, iron, manganese and zinc deficiencies.
Environmental Many hydroponic formulas contain a blend of chelated minerals. Single metal
chelates are also available to address specific deficiencies in the marijuana
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5 – Compost Tea
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In the beginning of this section we mentioned the importance of amending soil

Adverse effects of with compost as a preventative measure in preparing the soil for your outdoor
marijuana marijuana garden. Compost is a rich source of beneficial microbes and
Medicinal uses micronutrients providing a strong immune system for your cannabis crop.
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Nutritious soil not only provides a healthy foundation for growth, but supplies

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many insecticidal and anti-fungal properties, diminishing the possibility of blight

thwarting your efforts. We will discuss compost in depth towards the end of this

Obviously, compost cannot be added to a hydroponic system, but the benefits of

compost can still be obtained in the hydroponic environment in the form of
compost tea. However, special care must be taken when so doing. Compost
tea should be used as a foliar spray and should only be added directly in drip to
drain systems.

Although compost tea can be applied at soil level in addition to its use as a foliar
spray, we hope you are a conscientious gardener and have amended your in-
ground or container grown plants with compost. As such, this particular
discussion is geared towards the hydroponic gardener.

Compost tea is available for purchase through most hydroponic shops. They will
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Run the bubbler for a day in order to aerate the solution. When this step is
complete, turn of the pump and let the tea settle. The liquid should be dark

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brown with no unpleasant odor. If the mixture has an ammonia scent or smells
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rotten, it cannot be used as a spray. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth and
add to a spray bottle or add it to the irrigation water. The spray should be
applied within hours of aeration or it will lose oxygen, at which point you’ll be
defeating the purpose; oxygen is the conductor enabling plants to receive

Platinum Girl Spread the unused compost on the soil around your marijuana plants (any
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plants, not just cannabis) and work into the soil or allow it to dry in the sun and
return to the compost pile for future use.

6 – Fish Emulsion and Fish Meal

Fish meal, which is the ground up inedible parts of fish into a powdery
substance, and fish emulsion, which is the liquid remnant of fish after having

Agent Orange been pressed for oil are effective additives available to the marijuana gardener
as a correcting measure for nitrogen deficiency. The bonus with fish based
treatments is the additional micronutrients they contain which aids in preventing
additional nutritional inadequacies.

Both amenities are soil enhancements. Fish emulsion releases nitrogen to your
cannabis quickly, while fish meal provides a slower, steady release. Consult
your local garden center (discreetly) to see which option better serves your
needs, based on symptoms.

7 – Granite Dust

Granite dust is a slow-release source of potassium and may contain other
micronutrients that stabilize the alkaline levels in the soil. For it to be most
effective, it is recommended to mix granite dust (rock dust) with a fifty percent
mixture of compost. Till into the soil when preparing your cannabis bed. When
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added to the soil, rock dust stimulates the growth of organic matter which feeds
the beneficial microorganisms. An added benefit to incorporating rock dust in
your plant bed is it results in holding the soil in place and conserving water.
Rock dust carries the benefit of revitalizing the soil with minerals.

8 -Greensand

Greensand is the result of crumbling sandstone, a soft rock form rich in
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potassium and iron. It derives its name from the color and is not ‘sand’ per se.

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Greensand forms in marine environments and are typically rich in clay minerals
and marine fossils. This is a slow-release application benefiting cannabis in the
flowering stage. It is most beneficial when mixed with compost. (Are you
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Guano is an effective fertilizer consisting of the feces and urine of seabirds or
cave-dwelling bats. It is high in nitrogen, phosphorus and earth salts. Bird
guano has a higher fertilizer value than bat guano. Be sure to read labels for
the concentration of nutrients you need to correct a particular deficiency.

Guano has a much less pungent odor than animal manure, which makes it an
attractive additive in correcting nutritional deficiencies in the soil. It can also be
used as a compost activator. Guano can be applied as a foliar spray or soil
drench by mixing one quarter cup guano per one gallon of water. Liquefying the
manure allows the nutrients to be more readily absorbed by your marijuana
plants. The product is available at garden centers or online.

10 – Gypsum

Gypsum is hydrated calcium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral in most of the
United States. It is used in agriculture to correct the sodium levels in soil.
Gypsum, when added to the soil is a ready-made source of calcium and sulfur
and reduces the aluminum toxicity, along with ammonia which may be present
due to the application of certain fertilizers. Additionally, if your cannabis grow
site has experienced soil crusting, adding gypsum to the surface will break it
up, allowing the emergence of tender seedlings. If your crop is in an area with
clay soil, applying gypsum before planting has been known to prevent crusting.

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11 – Hydroponic Micronutrient Products

These are available at any hydroponic supply house. Micronutrient products will
correct deficiencies in copper, iron and various other micronutrients. Be aware
that many products also contain levels of the necessary macronutrients,
nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Read all labels to ensure proper balance
of each nutrient when applying to your hydroponic marijuana garden.

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12 – Iron Supplements

See Chelated Minerals for more on this topic. Iron deficiency appears as a
yellowing of the cannabis leaves, although the veins remain green. If your pH
levels are correct, iron deficiencies are uncommon. When the need arises to
apply an iron supplement, it is advisable to withhold using a fertilizer as they
can counteract each other. Read the labels of both products before combining.

13 – Kelp Concentrates

Kelp, otherwise known as seaweed, is useful in treating potassium and copper
deficiencies. It is available in granular or liquid form. Kelp contains more than
seventy vitamins, minerals and enzymes providing a wealth of health to the soil.
Adding kelp to the compost pile aids in the decomposition process. An added
benefit is the deterrence of (unwanted) weeds in the marijuana bed. Kelp has
been used for centuries as a soil amendment for all types of gardens. When
using the liquid form, it is best to apply in early morning or early evening and to
avoid application when the temperature exceeds eighty five degrees.

14 – Lime

Lime is a readily available (in store or online) compound used to adjust soil pH
levels upward or to correct calcium and manganese deficiencies, due to its high
alkaline properties. You should avoid fertilizing and liming simultaneously, as
they will cancel each other out and cause an unfavorable reaction in the soil.
Made from pulverized limestone or chalk, lime comes in several variations;
choose the form that most suits the needs of your marijuana garden:

• Hydrated lime (slaked lime). Very small amounts are needed to correct the pH
level of your soil, as it is the highest alkaline form suitable for gardening. The
chemical name is calcium hydroxide – Ca(OH)2.

• Garden lime is crushed limestone or oyster shells. The main component is
calcium carbonate – CaCO3, which is also found in eggshells. This may be why
eggshells are recommended as a component when making homemade
compost. It will raise the soil pH levels and is less alkaline, thus safer to use
than hydrated lime.

• Dolomite lime is high in magnesium. Dolomite has a neutral pH level of 7.0,
which when mixed with the soil, creates the optimum pH levels for cannabis

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growth. Dolomite lime is available at local garden centers.

• Liquid lime blends with the soil quicker than the powders. Both garden lime
and dolomite are available in liquid form.

15 – Magnesium Sulfate

Otherwise known as Epsom salts, magnesium sulfate can quickly correct
magnesium and sulfur deficits. In hydroponic gardens, add a solution of one
teaspoon Epsom salts per gallon of water to the reservoir or use as a foliar
spray. This recipe can be applied to outdoor cannabis gardens, as well. Epsom
salt granules can also be mixed in with the soil when preparing the garden for
planting. Magnesium is critical for seed germination and the production of
chlorophyll in marijuana plants. It strengthens cell walls, which is one reason
the use of Epsom salts (discovered in Epsom, England) is such a popular
fertilizer for the organic gardener.

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17 – Mycorrhizae

This strange word means ‘fungus roots’. So why are we including this in the
controls section? Mycorrhizae are an important component of soil life in the
relationship they build with plant roots. Essentially, Mycorrhizae fungi extract
nutrients from microbes growing along the root surfaces and transport them to
the roots. Mycorrhizae actually become an extension of the root system,
working deep within the soil to provide nutrients and water to the roots,
resulting in healthier marijuana plants. Mycorrhizae inoculants are available

18 – Nitrate Salts

Inorganic nitrate salts are water soluble, which allows for quicker penetration.
Nitrates used in agricultural fertilizers are ammonium, sodium, potassium and
calcium. They can be purchased as a mixture, or with greater concentration of
the specific deficiency requiring attention.

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19 – Rock Phosphate

Rock phosphate is a naturally mined mineral often used as a soil amendment. It
offers a slow release of phosphate, which is the second most abundant
macronutrient essential to well-balanced soil in your cannabis garden. Check
your pH levels before applying rock phosphate. It is usually only necessary as a
soil amendment in pH levels above 7.0, which is optimal for Mary Jane’s
garden to thrive.

20 – Urea

Urea, made from urine, as the name suggests is high in nitrogen and may be
used to correct nitrogen deficiencies. However, once urea mixes with the soil, it
undergoes an intensive chemical change releasing ammonia into the soil. This
can burn seeds and seedlings. Follow label directions and do not apply in
extreme heat.

21 – Zinc Salts

Zinc is an enzyme aiding in the formation of chlorophyll. Zinc deficiency often is
the result of the soil pH being too high. Too little zinc in cannabis will make itself
known by producing smaller leaves than normal. Conversely, too much zinc is
toxic and will kill the marijuana plant rapidly. Correcting the pH level of the soil
often solves the problem. Foliar treatments are available if necessary.

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12 thoughts on “21 Tips To Solve Nutrient Deficiencies In Marijuana

By dru eazy on 9 June 2014

why are the small leaves of my plants clawing up or canoeing. they are in
the third week of flowering Reply

By estee on 17 July 2015

Thank you Robert, great article with lots of good information Reply

By Jay on 10 September 2015

Thanks Rob for the info! I received my second order from Ilgm and every
time the delivery is fast and discrete. The quality is great and I would
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By Larry on 29 October 2015

Maybe a stupid question but. I have a bottle of large potassium pills. Could

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those be ground up and added to my soil as a potassium booster?

Just curious since they are giant pills that I am never even going to
attempt to take ( I don’t like pills much to begin with).

A reply to my email would be great and I will check back here again.
Larry Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 3 November 2015

I really cannot give you an informed answer. I would think that it is
possible; On the other hand, you would have to do some chemistry
research. You have to figure out how to break it down, and, or, how
strong would be the application in relation to crushed pill weight.
Another way to find this answer. Search your question. I would never try
this, so; I leave this research to you. Happy Growing! Reply

By Robert Rock on 24 December 2015

so much great information. first order is is coming along well second one
should be soon. Reply

By Dave on 21 January 2016

I’m having a problem…I got a indoor grow…My growing medium is Fox
Farm ocean forest/ added perlite…My plants are in the 7 th week of
bloom…My leaves are turning yellow and falls off/ with some aspects of
the claw and burnt edges on leaves..I’m using no nutes at this time…I ph
my water at 6.5 and my run off ph is 5.4…What can I do ….This is my 3rd
grow and My plants seem die the last half of bloom period.. Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 23 January 2016

Leaves naturally die in the finishing cycle of the plant. Simply, the plant is
using stored nutrition from the leaves in this cycle. They yellow die and
fall off. Without pictures; It is hard to tello if there is any other issue that
you need to address.
Join our Forum for more detailed cultivation support. Once you spend a
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pictures in a dedicated topic created by you. We will all be willing to help

you in any way we can to grow successfully.
PM me is you have any issues on the forum./ Please do not PM me for
grow related issues. We share all cultivation information with the
members. Peace, lw Reply

By Jim on 12 April 2016

Hello,question is this.Does marijuana contain sugar? If so,how does it
effect sugar diabetes? Also,and only,can it lead to diabetes if chronically
smoked for ,yup, 45 yrs.Sounds funny,but. a true question. Thanks,Jim Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 14 April 2016

Cannabis contains sugars, as do all living things.

In regards ti “Diabetes”, Cannabis is linked to positive prognosis in some
cases. It depends on who you ask.
Forward thinking members of the medical and scholastic communities lean
towards the proven science that Cannabis has positive medicinal
qualities. Reply

By Dan on 11 November 2016

Has anyone ever used cottonseed meal? Any idea where i could get
bagged product? Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 15 November 2016

I suggest you use Google to search for cottonseed meal. Also check Ag
Supply stores, feed and seed stores, etc… However; I think a search will
narrow it down for you. Good Luck Reply

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