Your marijuana plants growth is at a stand still.
You notice smaller leaf developments and some new leaves are developing yellowing between the veins.
These are sure signs you may have a zinc deficiency with your cannabis plants.
One of the main culprits to this issue is a high PH level in your soil or growing medium.
When the growing medium is too alkaline for your marijuana, it can stop the uptake of zinc and also iron micronutrients as well.
Not to worry, there are easy ways to fix this issue.
Let's check out the signs and see if your plants are showing symptoms.
Signs of Zinc Deficiency
- Yellowing between the veins, in new and young leaves
- New Leafs are small and thin and appear twisted
- New leaf growth is pale yellow-green
- Stems fail to grow and stretch leaving minute leafs
- The tips of leaves appear burnt
- Internode spacing is reduced
- Growth is stunted
- Buds are thin and light to the touch
- During flowering buds will start to twist
- End yields are small
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Why is zinc important to marijuana?
Zinc is responsible for enzyme function and chlorophyll in marijuana plants and all plants in general.
It works along with manganese and magnesium to activate enzymes to produce certain amino acids for the plant. According to Wikipedia.
Zinc is responsible for the plant to withstand colder temperatures and also aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates to sugars.
It’s an immobile micronutrient, and the newer leaves are always impacted if they are are lacking zinc.
Zinc is usually added with other elements in all good growing nutrients on the market.
Causes of Zinc Deficiency
Here are some of the causes of zinc deficiency in cannabis:
- Over watering is usually the main reason
- Root problems such as bugs or rot
- Not using the proper or quality nutrients when growing
- RO water is missing vital trace elements with a PPM of 0
- High PH soil (check your soil ph values )
You can also run into Zinc Lockout.
Zinc Lockout happens when the PH is above a certain level causing the medium to become Alkaline for the roots which stop's the uptake of zinc by your cannabis plants.
Here are some PH values to watch for if they are above these values:
When growing in soil: PH levels of 6.9 or higher
Hydro and Soil Less Mediums: PH levels of 6.5 or higher
How to Fix Zinc Deficiency
The best ways to fix zinc deficiency with marijuana is:
Let your plants dry out first ; this is a crucial first step!
Flush your plants with water.
Correct the PH level in water/ nutrients.
The optimal ranges should be in the following markers:
Soil, 6.0 - 6.5 pH range. Hydro or coco coir, 5.5 - 5.9 pH range
Add some chelated mixed elements to your nutrients
Zinc oxide or Chelated Zinc
Start using quality nutrients
Chelated Zinc for marijuana
Here are some of the popular chelated zinc supplements for your marijuana plants.
Liquinox 3032 Iron Zinc Chelated Solution is perfect for providing extra zinc and iron to your marijuana plants.
This stuff is safe for growing avocados, and fruit bearing trees.
If your plants need a boost, this may be what you're looking for your plants to recover.
Signs of excessive amounts of zinc
- Older leaves start to fade to light green
- Yellowing occurs towards the stem of the leaf
- Blocks the absorption of other nutrients such as iron.
- Grow medium becomes acidic lower than PH 5
How to correct excess zinc
It’s hard to get an excessive amount of zinc to your plants, but it it does happen and it can quickly take out your plants, they will die.
Dry your plants out first.
Flush your plants. With just water.
Your plants will usually recover .
When growing cannabis, you can occasionally come across zinc deficiency.
Mainly it comes from an alkaline grow medium and too much watering.
The best ways to fix the issue are too dry your plant out, then water with a PH balanced water /nutrients.
The is just a matter of time before your plant starts to spring back.
Have you had issues with your marijuana plants lacking zinc?
Let me know in the comments !
Grow on my friends.