Using honey to grow cannabis. Why and how?

Ever heard of using honey to improve the growth of your cannabis? As it might sound weird, this natural product has some awesome properties that could help your plant to grow better (in multiple ways). Honey can be used as fertilizer but it’s also a very usefull tool when you’re cloning or rooting your plant. Next to that it’s organic which is always required when growing cannabis.

A lot of people like honey. The sweet, yellow liquid straight from nature that adds a great taste to your tea or pancakes. Next to that it offers some great medicinal benefits for us as human beings.

But did you ever thought it could be great tool to improve your cannabis plants?

Honey has two major benefits when it comes to growing cannabis. Next to the fact it could make your crops a little bit sweeter, it could also be used as an effective fertilizer and root stimulant. Honey should only be used in the beginning and final stage of your growth cycle. In this article we explain why!

Make sure that you only use honey that is 100% organic and natural. Some brands add corn syrup or other chemicals that could harm your plants. A great tip is visiting a bee-keeper that produces his own organic honey. 

Honey as a root stimulant

Stimulating the growth of roots is especially important when your cloning a plant. Cloning is when you have a plant you like, and make a genetically copy out of it by cutting of a small, fresh side branch and grow a new complete plant out of it. However for this cutting to turn into a healthy plant it requires some good working roots!

When growing cannabis, roots are a very important aspect. They lead fresh water and nutrients to the rest of your plant so without them, a plant couldn’t stay alive. Next to that, the roots have a great influence on your final product, so healthy roots will improve the quality and size of your crops.

To produce new roots, a plant requires a special hormone that activates the rooting process. Plants are capable to produce this hormen themselves. So when you put the rootless cutting in a glass of water, it should grow new roots after a while. However it’s possible that this won’t be enough for a cannabis clone. If you want them to grow faster and be healthy, you could need some help from a root stimulator.

The most common rooting hormones in a plant are auxins and Indole acetic acid (IAA, which is produced endogenously). When buying a commercial root stimulator, there is a small chance you’d find one of these hormones as they rather use a synthetic hormone like indolebutyric acid (IBA) or naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA). As they might work pretty well, it often occurs that they have a short shelf-life and have to be used quickly before turning bad. Next to that there is this thing that most growers don’t want to expose their plants to chemicals, especially if you are planning to consume them.

Thats when the honey comes in! As it doesn’t contain any chemicals (Organic) it could be used as a safe root stimulant or as an addition to a synthetic hormone/product. Next to that is has some major antibacterial and antifungal properties (Thats why it helps with a soar throat). Which is pretty helpfull/required as roots are very vulnerable to bacteries and fungus (because of their moist environment under-ground).

Next to that, they believe that honey contains special enzyms which encourage the growth of new and existing roots. This will boost the amount and size of their roots. They based this idea on the difference in roots when growing with/without honey. Another benefit of using honey as a grow stimulant is the fact that honey has a long shelf-life. With one jar you can do a long time.

How to?

Now you know the facts about honey as a root stimultor, you probably asking yourself on how to actually start using it. Well it’s quite simple: Cut yourself a nice fresh clone and dip the “wound” of your cut in some honey. make sure the wound is fully couted and place the clone in a grow medium. Keep your clone in a very moist environment and after 7-14 days, your roots will start to grow in a safe and healthy way!

Honey as a fertilizer

As told before: Honey should only be used in the beginning and final stage of your growth cycle. When rooting, your plant is definitly in the beginning phase and after that it takes a while before you should grab your honey jar again. Once your plant is fully grown and in blooming phase, you could add som honey again. This time in the soil of your plant.

Before I tell you why and how to apply the honey, it’s important to know that you should be carefull with the amount of honey you’ll use. Overloading the soil with honey is very bad and wil lead to a damaged, unhealthy plant. 

Honey contains lots of glucose. But a plant won’t need glucose as a nutrition because they simply produce it themselves due photosynthesis. However: The soil that your plant lives in doesn’t produce it and that is why honey could help as a fertilizer. Soil contains lots of microflora (bacteries and fungus) that are very important for your plant. Adding a very small amount of honey to your soil could give it a huge boost and keep it healthy.

How to?

As too much glucose could harm your plant, the trick to succes is using the perfect dose of honey that you’ll add to the soil. In this case, using raw honey is too much and “powerfull”. For a healthy and balanced soil you should dissolve 5-15ML honey to 1 Gallon of water. Onced mixed well, you should use it to water your plant. Don’t use as much water as you would normally do, take a little less and use your “honey-mix” just one time in the blooming phase.

Fun facts!

  • Did you now some cannabis growers make their own, organic fertilizer? They use a combination of: Honey, yucca extract, amino acids, soap bark, volcanic ash and milk.
  • Just like a cannabis plant benefits from honey. It’s also a fact that honey has some kind of benefits from cannabis as well. Bees are very attracted to hemp pollen according to farmers. They use the pollen as a resource to produce their honey and are able to help to pollinate other plants this way (Cannabis is wind-pollinated, so bees only add some extra help).  

Do you use honey for your a cannabis grow? Leave your experience below!


  1. Adriana Kennett Reply

    I read through your blog post here. Would you be willing to answer something for me though? I’m curious your thoughts on using vinegar in my homemade organic cleaner. Have you tried that? I’m looking for something that cleans really well but isn’t expensive to make. Any help you could provide is greatly appreciated!

    • admin Post authorReply

      Good day!
      I love the fact that you are going organic with your cleaning products! Everbody gotta do so as most cleaning products contain dangerous and chemical substances.
      However I am not really familiar with the organic products that clean well as I don’t have to clean anything with my cannabis grows.

      Hope you find your answers soon!

  2. AlphaSix Reply

    Holy cow! This is incredibly interesting. We have bees and are gathering honey for fun anyway. Now we can use it to help our harvests. Thank you so much for this informative article! Excellent work. I’ll be trying this next grow!

    • admin Post authorReply

      Hey! We were thinking the exact same when we discovered it! Never thought that a product we all have in the kitchen, could be used to really improve the growth of cannabis plants. Bees are very important for humans, plants and nature in general so we need to take care of them and handle them with love!

      No problem! Let us know your experience once you’ve tried it!

  3. Widow Reply

    I germinated my seeds in honey water they germinated in fourteen hours. They are currently growing healthy and strong.

    • Alan Perfect Reply

      I’m also doing the same . Soak the seeds in honey water . I also water the seedlings in honey water, excellent root stimulator.

      • admin Post authorReply

        Awesome! Many everyday products can be used to grow good cannabis without using expensive additives!

  4. Josh Reply

    Honey is a antibacterial substance. Won’t it kill the beneficial bacteria in the soil?

    • admin Post authorReply

      Yes, you are right! Using a lot of honey can definitly mess with the bacteria in your soil. However only using a very small amount, mixed with water while only watering the plants 1 time in the flowering period won’t do any harm. It even gives the microflora in your soil a little boost due the glucose thats in the honey.

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