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How To Feed Your Cannabis For a Successful Vegetative Stage

Welcome to part one of the Advanced Nutrients Cannabis Life Cycle article series!

In the next four posts, we’re going to explain exactly how you can get the most from your crops using Advanced Nutrients, the only complete cannabis growing system of fertilizers and additives that optimizes all phases of your plants’ development from seed to senescence, helping bring your crops to their true genetic potential.

This means growing bigger, tastier, more potent buds that command top dollar in the marketplace…

And help you earn a reputation as a master grower…

WITHOUT you having to spend years on end to get there.

Now, to make feeding simple, you’re going to use….

The pH Perfect® Connoisseur® Master Recipe Feed Chart…

Which you can download HERE.

Following this simple recipe will ensure that you optimize your cannabis’s nutrition so you can grow the heaviest yields of the best flowers possible.

Now, as you can see in the recipe, there are four phases of your plants’ life cycle — vegetative, early bloom, mid bloom, and late bloom.

Outdoors, depending on strain, cannabis’s entire life cycle can take up to 32 weeks.

But indoors, using the best nutrients for the cannabis vegetative stage, you can compress this entire cycle into 8 to 12 weeks, which means you can harvest more times per year.

What typically works best for maximum annual returns — though this can vary due to strain and grower preference — is 12 weeks, with that final week being your flush.

In this article series, we break down the 12 weeks into 4 weeks for vegetative, 2 weeks for early bloom, 3 weeks for mid bloom, and 3 weeks for late bloom.



And today, we’re going to walk you through…

The Cannabis Vegetative Stage

This is where your plants start off.

The cannabis vegetative stage — also known as the grow cycle — is a 4 week cycle where you’re going to maximize leafy growth, stem growth, and the physical size of your plants, all of which are CRUCIAL for large yields down the line.

Outdoors, this cycle occurs typically in the springtime, when the light hours are longer.

So when you’re growing indoors, your cannabis vegetative light cycle is going to mimic spring time. That means you’re going to run 18 to 24 hours of light a day with up to a 6 hour rest period.

Usually, you’ll begin with a clone — or cutting. Clones are taken primarily from female plants, since they’re ones producing flowers (aka buds).

Males, on the other hand, produce pollen…

Which naturally turns females from flower production over to seed production.

So you always want to use a female when growing buds.

Now, to get the most from your cannabis grow cycle, it is absolutely ESSENTIAL to start with…

High-Quality Genetics…

Because cultivating quality cannabis all starts with a quality strain.

You see, each strain has a genetic ceiling. Simply put, there’s a limit to how much your plants will yield and how much cannabinoid and terpene content they can produce.

And the biggest factor when it comes to hitting that ceiling — or reaching your cannabis’s true genetic potential ​​— is optimizing what you feed your plants during each phase of their development.

Now, if you use a strain that has a genetic ceiling of 10% THC, you’re never going to get 35% THC from it no matter what you do…

So you definitely want to kick off your cannabis grow cycle with cuttings of a strain with a high genetic ceiling.

Cultivating high quality cannabis genetics

However, if you have a strain with a genetic ceiling of 37% THC, you’re never going to reach anywhere close to that unless you optimize your nutritional strategy to help drive your plants to that ceiling.

And as science proves, reaching your strain’s true genetic potential requires fulfilling the phase-specific nutritional needs of your cannabis.

This is called Hitting the Shift and it’s something that, to date, no other line of nutrients does.

Now, during the cannabis vegative stage, you’re going to focus on growing your high-quality female clones into plants that are as large and healthy as you can get them within four weeks.

And to do this, you’re going to start off with Advanced Nutrients pH Perfect® Connoisseur® Grow A+B, a premium base nutrient that provides all the macro, secondary, and micronutrients your plants need.

What’s more, the proprietary pH Perfect® technology in this base frees you from having to constantly check and adjust your pH — because pH Perfect® does the work for you.

Now, you’re also going to run…

Voodoo Juice®, Tarantula®, and Piranha®

OR you can use the new 3-in-1 Voodoo Juice® Plus, which contains ALL THREE of these products in one cost-effective, easy-to-use, quickly-dissolving tablet.

You see, Voodoo Juice® and Tarantula® are both spectrums of beneficial bacteria, and Piranha® is a spectrum of beneficial fungi.

These microbes perform a number of vital functions for you, including colonizing your root zone and helping deliver water and nutrients to your plants through your roots.

And some of these bacteria and fungi also have protective properties.

Starting this when your plants are young will contribute to their vegetative growth, and enable your colonies of beneficial microbes to replicate and thrive as your plants mature and move into their future phases.

And this is important, because over 200 studies have proven that there’s a direct correlation between root mass and yield size. So you absolutely want to foster healthy cannabis root growth.

Bigger roots equal bigger fruits—remember that.

Now, the next thing you’re going to use in your cannabis grow cycle is…

Rhino Skin®

Which provides a high-quality source of silica — the key to building stronger, more resilient plants.

This is vital, because the less energy your plants expend holding themselves up or combating various stressors, the larger they can grow…

And the more bud weight they can support in the upcoming bloom phases.

Finally, you’ll introduce…

Three Final Additives For the Cannabis Grow Cycle

These include B-52®, Sensizym, and Bud Candy®

Three of the most popular Advanced Nutrients products for starting cannabis cultivation off on the right foot.

Advanced Nutrients for cannabis vegetative stage

You see, B-52® contains highly beneficial ingredients like…

  • Kelp for stretch and height gain
  • Humic acid to assist nutrient uptake and root zone expansion, and…
  • A B-vitamin complex that relieves and combats abiotic stressors.

Meanwhile, Sensizym features a mix of enzymes that perform a number of important functions, including processing dead root material into a usable plant food source.

These enzymes also keep your cannabis root zone healthy, which increases nutrient availability and absorption so your plants can perform like champions for you.

Finally, you’ll add Bud Candy® to the cannabis grow cycle, which contains five beneficial carbohydrates that provide a source of energy for the plants as well as a source of food.

So now you know…

The Best Nutrients For Your Cannabis Vegetative State

Follow the pH Perfect® Connoisseur® Master Recipe…

And you’re going to grow the largest, most robust plants you can during these 2-4 weeks and set you and your crop up for massive success as we move into the next cycle.

Next in this 4-part Advanced Nutrients Cannabis Life Cycle series you’re going to read about the best cannabis nutrients for a thriving early bloom phase.

If you have ANY questions about nutrients or ANYTHING related to cannabis cultivation, contact Advanced Nutrients Grower Support 1-800-640-9605 or support@advancednutrients.com.

Our team of master growers will go the extra mile for you to help you cultivate the largest yields of the best cannabis possible.



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Over time, components within the nutrients settle on the bottom of the bottle. When you pour a bottle without shaking it, you can potentially be pouring out an unbalanced solution. Shaking up the nutrient bottle ensures you are pouring the right blend into your reservoir, giving your crops the nutrition they need.

Usually, it’s not a problem. But some products are incompatible with each other and can damage your plants when they’re used together. For example, bloom boosters with high PK numbers or low-grade silica products can destabilize your nutrient mix and cause nutrient lockout.

Nutrient manufacturers design their products to be used with each other. In doing so, they include specific portions of each nutrient in each product, so crops receive the right nutrition through each stage of the grow cycle. When you stick with one manufacturer, you don’t have to worry about inadvertently destabilizing your nutrient mixture. One example of why you need to stick with only one manufacturer’s products is Advanced Nutrients’ pH Perfect line. These products are designed to keep your crops’ root zone within a specific pH range. When you use them alongside products from another manufacturer, we can’t guarantee your root zone will maintain its optimal pH level.

Yes! If you’re growing with Advanced Nutrients products, you can use our easy nutrient calculator to generate the correct nutrient chart for your crops in seconds. Check out Advanced Nutrients’ nutrient calculator here. Another great resource is our library of free custom-growing recipes. Try our expert grower-tested nutrient schedules here.

You can also download our official BudLabs app to generate nutrient schedules and receive real-time notifications for specific tasks, including feeding your crops. Upgrade to BudLabs Pro to maintain profiles on an unlimited number of crops.

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Advanced Nutrients has spent many thousands of man-hours developing a technology that automatically balances your pH for you — putting it in the “sweet spot” and holding it there for one week.

And the technology is so “smart” that it can account for many of the aforementioned variables in your grow room. Our proprietary pH buffering agents and stabilizing mechanisms became the foundation of a new system aptly called pH Perfect® Technology. Learn all about it here.

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