NPK research by Nirit Bernstein

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NPK in vegetative, growth stage: 160/30/175 mg L
NPK in flowering stage: 160/60/60 mg L

Here's a roundup of recent research done expressly on medical THC cannabis. Wondering how to interpret the recommendations?

For instance, is a NPK of 160/30/175 mg L equal to 10/2/12?
Does 160/60/60 equal 10/4/4?

I'm posting a list of links to NPK research by Nirit Bernstein, from the Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Volcani Center, Israel.

Medical Cannabis recommended N, P, K levels from Volcani Center research:
N veg: Response of Medical Cannabis to Nitrogen Supply Under Long Photoperiod (2020)
P veg: Response of medical cannabis genotypes to P supply under long photoperiod: Functional phenotyping and the ionome (2021)
K veg: Response of Medical Cannabis Genotypes to K Supply Under Long Photoperiod (2019)
N flower: Nitrogen supply affects cannabinoid and terpenoid profile in medical cannabis ( Flowering phase 2021)
P flower: The Highs and Lows of P Supply in Medical Cannabis: Effects on Cannabinoids, the Ionome, and Morpho-Physiology (2021)
K flower: Effect of Potassium (K) Supply on Cannabinoids, Terpenoids and Plant Function in Medical Cannabis (2022)
 
Moe.Red

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Thanks for the links. Welcome to the farm.
 
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Thanks Moe.Red! Happy to join the farm. 🙂

The NPK research suggests veg 10/2/12 and flower at 10/4/4. Thoughts anyone?
 
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There was some research done suggesting that yield goes up but THC goes down when you feed lots of N. But it was done at much higher levels of N and outdoors in crop style. Makes me wonder tho if 10/4/4 in flower is too high?


that's not the study I was thinking of but it comes to some of the same conclusions. I'll try to dig up the link on the other one, It's on my PC.
 
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The veg ratios might be ok but I really question the flowering ratio having N at 2.5 times P and K. Kinda flies in the face of most cannabis flowering nutrients showing significantly higher P and K than N. So once again it’s into the realm of conflicting grow information. 🤪
 
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I'm finding a high demand for N in early flower, since going to LEDs. I don't know if it's a good idea to continue with high N for more than 2-3 weeks into flower, though.
 
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And does the water soluble versus the water insoluble ratio make a big difference?
 
effexxess

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Some more from Dr Bernstein. This is a webinar presenting a summary of findings.


The audio volume is low.
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The veg ratios might be ok but I really question the flowering ratio having N at 2.5 times P and K. Kinda flies in the face of most cannabis flowering nutrients showing significantly higher P and K than N. So once again it’s into the realm of conflicting grow information. 🤪
Maybe we will start to realize the actual low level of expertise of traditional cannabis fertilizer companies the more the real scientist start to deal with this topic. Maybe.
 
N1ghtL1ght

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Maybe we will start to realize the actual low level of expertise of traditional cannabis fertilizer companies the more the real scientist start to deal with this topic. Maybe.
I hope so. And more research on characteristics of malnutrition.
 
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