It is unnecessary to give your plants an overabundance of nutrients for their health. Keeping it light is the best way to go for optimum growth. Nutrient burn is one of the most frequent issues newbie growers have, which happens when the plant’s roots absorb an excessive amount of bottled nutrients.

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Read this article and learn how to identify and prevent a nutrient burn in your marijuana plants

What is nutrient burn

Marijuana nutrient burn

Nutrient burn is also known as cannabis “Nute Burn”. This occurs when seedlings or plants are grown right in soil that already has a lot of nutrients. Nutrient burn causes your leaves to lose necessary meat that it needs.

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This overabundance of nutrients leads to yellow or brown burnt tips on the leaves. The amount of nutrients must be reduced, or else the problem spreads from the burnt tips inward causing the leaves to become crunchy and curled. For example, if there is too much potassium, nutrient burn will show up as brown spots near the edges of the leaf. When there is excessive nitrogen, the leaves will tilt/curl downward.

How to fix nutrient burn

How to fix nutrient burn

Bottled Nutrients – Usually you have nute burn because you are putting too many additional nutrients in the water. Always use nutrients that were made for cannabis plants. Remember, if it is good for tomato plants than it works for marijuana.

Be sure you are using the proper nutrients for the particular growth period your plant is in. There are different requirements for the vegetative and flowering cycles. By not following this appropriately, you could potentially be putting your plant in danger.

Coco Coir and Soil Systems – When growing your marijuana in hand-watered systems, flush it with pure, pH’ed water at any time you see the first sign of nutrient burn. Now, if you haven’t given your plant additional nutrients, then just give the plant time to use the extra nutrients in the soil. Once it does this, your plant will automatically recover from nutrient burn. While older leaves will not recuperate, no new cases of this will occur.

Hydro System – One way to cut down on the nutrients in your water is to add pure, pH’ed water to thin out the nutrients. You can also try mixing a new batch with fewer nutrients in it.

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Always make these changes slowly with hydro systems. With this system replacing the water and reducing the nutrients accordingly, will result in instant positive changes. The nutrient burn expansion should cease.

The tricky thing about hydro is that certain strains work fine with a different level of nutrients. Even if you give your plants the same quantity of nutrients, one may still get nute burn and the other may have a different level of deficiency. The plants take in nutrients differently.

Also, keep in mind that your plants will consume a certain amount of water based on the humidity and temperature in your grow space. To make things much easier for you when growing in hydro, use a tool called TDS meter to assist with manage the nutrients in the water. It will literally let you know the amount of nutrients in the water and make you aware of whether the levels are going up or down every time you look at it.

Nutrients during flowering stage

Nutrients during flowering stage

Flowering is the second phase of a plant’s life when they start producing buds. Marijuana plants are far more susceptible in the flowering state because they are unable to recuperate from any damage. Basically, the closer it is to harvest time, the lower the chances are that the plant will recover since it is putting all its energy towards making buds.

So, your marijuana plants require more tender loving care when it is in the flowering state. Don’t let the nutrient burn get out of control.

Once the plant is fully grown you will need to start thinking about harvest time. Our free little Harvest Guide will help you determine the best moment to cut your plants. Download it here.

Marijuana plant symptoms

– Brown spots
– Top/lower leaves or new/old growth is damaged
– Edges of the leaves are burnt or brown
– Leaf tips look burnt
– Plant growth is slower
– Leaves are curled under

Don’t fall victim to the false information out there that says burnt leaves is a sign your plants are getting plenty of nutrients, or the belief that more is better when it comes to nutrients. This is all wrong and could lead to some serious problems. In fact, a good balance of nutrients is always better than overdoing it. At the first sign of nute burn take the necessary precautions to bring your plant back to optimum health.

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Remember that plants with strong genetics have less change of getting sick and are less vulnerable for diseases, deficiency’s, pest and environmental stresses. So make sure to buy marijuana seeds from a trusted seed bank.

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  1. By Symptom Checker – Identify Marijuana Plant Problems ,24 Jul 2015
    […] Nutrient burn […]
  2. By Increase Your Marijuana Yield – 5 Tips ,28 Jul 2015
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  3. By pamela molyneaux ,05 Aug 2015
    my husband bought some white widow feminized seeds from you. this is are first grow ever we have planted one seed it was doing well for about 10 days now she has one of her seed leaves dieing and one […]Read More
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    2. By MrNiceGuy ,28 Jun 2016
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    4. By Trent ,17 Dec 2016
      Don't plant seedlings in a nutrient rich soil. Seeds have what they need to grow for the first 2 weeks. Use a sterile growing medium. After 2 weeks plant into a nutrient fortified soil(preferably not miracle grow) then start feeding […]Read More
  4. By latewood ,08 Aug 2015
    It sounds like you're over watering. However; Young seedlings should not be in soil with fertilizer at such a young age. I strongly advise you all to join our support forum and get assistance with your grow. :)
    1. By A A M ,05 Sep 2018
      I transplanted on september 03 still waiting for the 2nd node.
  5. By Honorine ,27 Aug 2015
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  6. By Nebula Haze ,02 Oct 2015
    Hello, Could you credit us for our picture of nutrient burn that you used? We'd appreciate a link back to http://www.growweedeasy.com/nutrient-burn-cannabis Thanks! Nebula Haze
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,05 Oct 2015
      Hi Nebula, thanks for letting us know, the picture was mailed by a fan/customer. I will leave your link up!
  7. By Gary Despots ,03 Oct 2015
    Thanks Mr Bergman for all the tips. I look forward to them. I got strawberry kush seeds from you awhile ago. I will be germination soon they arrived just fine. waiting for my 48×48 grow tent. So I can flower […]Read More
  8. By Gary Despots ,03 Oct 2015
    Looking for any tips on germination. I hear Rockwood cubes are good. First time starting from seeds.
    1. By latewood ,05 Oct 2015
      Gary Despots, Rockwool is a great product. I suggest you join our support forum. You will get faster support in the forum than you will here in the Blog. To use Rockwool. Soak in water for 5-10 minutes. (PH is […]Read More
    2. By Frank Cassianna ,11 Jul 2018
      Jiffy plugs, work best...
  9. By Gary D ,03 Oct 2015
    I am using 1 400watt hps for flowering 2 plants. It is a air cool hood.when I set up my grow tent with carbon filter. Should I connect it to run through the light. I have a 6in inline fan […]Read More
  10. By Alex ,04 Oct 2015
    I have a Reggie seed I planted and it spurd out but the two leaves are out but not al the way out. It's been maybe 3 weeks since it came out but the leaves seem like the yellow and […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,05 Oct 2015
      Alex, You need to join our Support Forum. There you can add a picture, and we can give you a more informed answer anmd guidance from there. :)
  11. By latewood ,05 Oct 2015
    Gary D If you have an inline fan; You should use it to pull heat through the carbon filter, through the light, and output hot filtered air out of room. You can add a fan to draw air, but I […]Read More
  12. By deb ,07 Jan 2016
    Out or 18 seeds only 8 are thriving. The others are dead or barely hanging on. Do you replace/refund failed seeds? tks deb
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,08 Jan 2016
      Hi Deb, sorry to hear not all of them made it, please contact our customer service At [email protected] they will take it from there.
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  14. By Pat ,11 Aug 2016
    Thank you for the info I new it wade thrips or nut berne! Yep. ... thanks
  15. By ace ,15 Nov 2016
    i had a problem with spider mites sprayed with organic killer know leaves are curling and under leaves there looks like little pieces off wood clinging to the veins of the leaf anybody help me please
  16. By latewood.ILGM ,16 Nov 2016
    Ace, You need to join our support forum. We can help you there. This blog article is on nutrient toxicity but, at the forum, we have an area where we can help you out. See you there, lw
  17. By mattc ,05 Apr 2017
    i have a bit of nute burn. i was going to flush the soil with some water as suggested here, however, do i need to be concerned with over watering the plants? They're about 6 weeks old grown from seed?
  18. By marty friedman ,14 Jul 2017
    Hi Robert, love all the information I receive. *edit*
    1. By Roy ILGM ,16 Jul 2017
      Thanks Marty. For your customer service related questions, please leave a message here
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  21. By dan ,18 Aug 2017
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  22. By Terry ,21 Dec 2017
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  23. By Andrea W ,28 Jul 2018
    Hydro grow super lemon haze took a long time to grow and it was doing great moved it into bigger tent 3x3 300w led was doing ok for a week or two water water fed very little nutrient organic fox […]Read More
  24. By Andrea W ,28 Jul 2018
    Sorry it's just the tips that turn yellow and some get crispy. I want to turn to flower but waiting to fix issue first it's getting taller. Need to change over soon.
  25. By Andrea W ,28 Jul 2018
    Water temp 75. 229 ppm and 487 conductivity. On 3 in 1 meter
  26. By John ,25 Apr 2019
    Your information is always timely and excellent. Thanks
  27. By Terry ,23 Nov 2019
    Exactly what my 1 plant looks like, too many nutes....Thanks Robert...you and the gang are the best
  28. By Leon ,09 Feb 2020
    I blew my first ten seeds now I have twenty more planted 8 so far I see a little nutrients burn I hope that is what it is but so far all are coming along fine the seeds are right […]Read More
  29. By Brandon ,05 Mar 2020
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  30. By Budz420 ,21 Jun 2020
    Just trying to recover from nute burn here today. The forum and guides are brilliant!

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