Fearless Gardeners Tip #010 : Plant Flushing


Plant Flushing!

  • WHAT IS FLUSHING?

The act of flushing a plant is to actively remove any nutrients in the soil using plain water (hint: for an even more effective flushing stage you may use to your advantage; a solution made specifically for flushing such as Dare To Grow - Flush Out) A large amount of water is passed through the soil and drained away on a regular basis. Any minerals and nutrients present in the soil are washed away over time by the water, leaving the soil clean.

Why would you want to strip away all the minerals from the soil? Isn't this hurting your harvest? It actually helps your harvest a significant way. When the nutrients are removed from the soil, it forces your cannabis plant to use up any remaining nutrients still present in the plant. It is a lot like the human body. We take in a lot of food and, what we do not use is turned into fat. In extreme situations where food is scarce, the body relies on this stored fat for energy.

* As flushing forces cannabis to use up any remaining nutrients left in the plant, none should remain to taint the use of the harvest bud. However, if done to early, it can leave your plant unhealthy, so timing is key.

  • THE BEST TIME TO FLUSH YOUR CANNABIS

Flushing is usually commenced two weeks before harvest. It is best to take a close look at the trichomes on your plant to assess when your cannabis is likely to be ready for harvest. If the tiny trichomes are just beginning to turn from clear, to a cloudy and milky colour, this could be a good indication that the plant can begin flushing. It should be timed so that the majority of trichomes will have fully changed to the desired colour for harvest after two weeks – this gets easier with experience, so stick with it!

Flushing can also be a good way to reset the soil while a plant is in the vegetative state as well.

What are your thoughts on flushing? Do you have any tips from your experience?


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