Is it a good idea to use bokashi fertilizer in marijuana growing?
Written by Redacción Mota Radio on 15 July, 2020
When growing your own cannabis you can implement various alternatives to save some costs or simply to make the process easier.
In the search for new options, many growers use bokashi fertilizer in their plantation, but what exactly is it, does it really work in the cannabis growing? Well, if you are interested in knowing the answers, keep reading this post.
What is bokashi fertilizer?
Bokashi fertilizer is a method of Japanese origin, different from other forms of compost, based on anaerobic fermentation processes catalyzed by certain microbes.
With this method, you can transform kitchen scraps into fertilizer for your marijuana plants, and without any unpleasant odors.
How to do it?
To begin this method you must place the food remains, (fruits, vegetables, meat remains, among others), in a container (airtight and with holes in the base to drain the liquid that is generated) and cover them with a little fiber (like wheat bran or sawdust) inoculated with MS (bacteria called effective microorganisms).
As you add more leftovers from the kitchen, add more bran, but avoid placing rotten food scraps, large bones and shells.
When your bokashi container or bucket is full, you should keep it closed and let it ferment at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.
When you add it to the soil, this fermented compost will decompose quickly and attract fungi, worms, bacteria and other beneficial organisms.
Advantages of Bokashi Compost
This type of fertilizer is respectful of the planet, and allows you to improve the health of your plants without using pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
This method contains more nitrogen than normal compost, which guarantees a higher percentage of this nutrient, so important for the vegetative growth of your plants.
In addition, with this technique it will take a few weeks to create a concentrated fertilizer for your plants.
Many cannabis growers use this technique on its own or mix it with compost.
The disadvantage of bokashi fertilizer is that the process of decomposition is less, unlike normal compost, so most nutrients remain attached to large molecules and cannot be absorbed quickly by the roots.
Most home fertilizers, including bokashi, may contain pathogens and transfer them to your growing.
This method does not work well with carbon-rich materials (dried leaves, crushed branches, etc.) found in your garden.