Washing marijuana roots is a seemingly easy technique but simple always doesn’t mean unimportant as it makes all the difference between a pleasant experience and a less pleasant experience.
What is marijuana washing?
Technically, this process involves excess nutrient removal from the substrate so that the roots don’t absorb them. For laymen, this is a simple process of watering the plantation; however, there are certain details that need to be followed while washing the roots of cannabis.
Like any other life form, weed also needs nutrient value at its best and if there is any insufficiency in nutrient value then the chances of the plant’s survival are highly compromised. We might as well try to provide nutrients to the plants but in most cases, they absorb it and keep it in store for later use or usage during a nutrient deficiency. However, this can result in the plant having excess residual nutrients during harvesting and this might affect the quality of the final product.
What happens when the nutrient level is excess?
● The weed tastes unpleasant
● Lighting the joints will be tough
● The smoke is unpleasant
How do you know that the roots need to be washed?
The lifecycle of cannabis is basically a progressive process where the plant’s nutritional needs keep on changing. It needs a very little amount of food initially, but as it grows, its nutrient requirements increase. Nutrition needs to be increased as long as it doesn’t attain a peak time which also coincides with the flowering regime (6th, 7th, or 8th week, as per the strain.) This is the time when you must be careful as the demand for nutrients might decrease during the last few days. The harvest might even be spoilt if you continue to increase the nutrients during this peak season.
If your marijuana plant seems to be bright green then it’s probably packed with unwanted mineral salts. This is the time when you should give your marijuana roots a good amount of washing.
How the marijuana roots are washed?
You will need a lot of water to wash away the extra nutrients. You will probably require three times the amount of water as per the container where the plant is kept. During fertilization, you will wash the plant with water having proper amounts of pH and EC. You might as well use cleaning products with enzyme content. You must continue to water until the substrate isn’t absorbing nutrients anymore.
The process of root washing is complete when you see that the drained water is literally transparent.