What’s worse than the standard Miracle-Gro nutrients is the original Miracle-Gro soil. Standard Miracle-Gro soil has “time-released” nutrients which contain high levels of nitrogen. While this formula will work okay in the cannabis vegetative stage (the first stage of life), the nutrients will continue to be slowly released throughout the plant’s life including during the cannabis flowering stage, which is not good.
Do not use “Miracle-Gro” soil or any soil that has “extended release” nutrients for growing cannabis. These types of soil will continue to release nitrogen to your plant roots for up to 6 months. This can cause deficiencies or burn your cannabis plants in the flowering/budding stage, reducing your overall yields. I have seen growers successively grow cannabis in Miracle Gro, but many of them struggled with nutrient problems in the flowering stage (like the following) even though plants were healthy throughout the vegetative stage.
Miracle-Gro Slow Release Soil is Not Suited to Growing Marijuana!
Many of us have grown up seeing Miracle-Gro being used in our homes, so we know that it works for ‘regular houseplants’. Cannabis is just a tough weed, so Miracle-Gro should be great for it, right?
The biggest problem with the standard Miracle-Gro nutrient formula is that it’s one formula for the entirety of the plant’s life cycle. Even if the standard Miracle-Gro plant food is decent for the first stage of your plant’s growth, it won’t be good for the budding/flowering phase. The ratio of nutrients your plants need changes drastically between seedling and full flower. Marijuana grows best with a nutrient system that accommodates their changing nutrient needs.
Standard Miracle Gro nutrients contain too much nitrogen and not enough of other nutrients for your cannabis flowering stage, and as a result of the time-released nutrients, you will notice that your leaves in the flowering stage will get nutrient burn and your buds just won’t grow as big as they could. Learn what you can do to make sure buds grow as big as possible!
Important: Do not use “Miracle Gro” soil or any soil that has “extended release” nutrients. These types of soil will continue to release nitrogen to your plant roots for up to 6 months. This can burn your cannabis plants in the flowering/budding stage and reduce your overall yields.
That last point is important: There are a lot of companies looking to get a piece of the marijuana market. Sure, Canopy is a big player, but it isn’t the only player. which is where Scotts Miracle-Gro comes in. This company has long served the slow-and-steady lawn care market, helping people grow and maintain pretty yards and flowers. A few years ago, management decided it wanted a piece of the marijuana market, too.
Legal marijuana is expected to be a huge growth business, with some projecting a market opportunity of as much as $166 billion. That’s many years away, since the industry is still largely in its infancy. But the projection shows just how excited Wall Street is about legal weed.
The picks and shovels
What’s exciting is that it doesn’t matter who is winning the marijuana market-share war; Scotts can provide them all with the tools and supplies they need. As pot companies come and go, it will still benefit from increasing end-market demand, which brings up an interesting statistic.
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Although not a pure play on pot, Scotts Miracle-Gro's approach to the space may give it more opportunity than a grower if this trend holds up
Scotts Miracle-Gro, on the other hand, benefits either way. Sure, it would rather sell to people who are operating on the up and up. But anyone can buy hydroponic supplies from the company, which means that Scotts not only wins as legal marijuana production grows (no matter which companies end up being the big players), but can also benefit from illegal marijuana growers fighting to stick around.