And it’s true…marijuana growers using major hydroponics nutrients brands like General Hydroponics, Canna, House and Garden, Botanicare and others often see their marijuana plants grow, mature, and produce buds.
But the big question we ask is: are hydroponics nutrients designed and tested specifically for marijuana so we get the most grams and THC per watt?
When I started growing marijuana, I used General Hydroponics 3-part, like most people did. Their nutrients gave me problems with pH buffering, and bloom phase performance. When I called them and told them I was growing marijuana, they hung up on me.
It came to me suddenly what the company’s name tells you is that General Hydroponics nutrients are in fact general hydroponics nutrients…designed to work on lettuce, beans, and houseplants, not marijuana.
When I heard that General Hydroponics was going to advertise in High Times Magazine, I contacted General Hydroponics, advised them I’m a legal marijuana grower, and asked for specific advice on using their hydroponics nutrients to grow marijuana.
They told me General Hydroponics does not use marijuana plants in any of its testing.
“Our products are for ornamental plants and veggies, not for illegal crops,” the General Hydroponics man said.
Look at the General Hydroponics website or talk to their reps at an indoor gardening expo…they’ll make it clear that they’re not dedicated to helping you grow bigger and better marijuana.
Their website proclaims: “We are developing new hydroponic systems and perfecting nutrient formulas to enhance flavor and yield plus vitamin and mineral content in food crops for higher nutritional value. Our farm division is testing many varieties of vegetables…”
The obvious reaction you have to this is that marijuana is not a vegetable or food crop.
Hydroponics insiders, including former employees of General Hydroponics, know that GH’s hydroponics ingredients, ratios, and manufacturing processes produce generic hydroponics fertilizers that have no specificity to marijuana, and GH is proud to tell you so.
In fact, General Hydroponics avoids any event meant for marijuana growers. Take a look at this rather rude video, and you’ll see what I mean…
When you look at a product such as General Hydroponics Flora three-part base nutrients, you see where the problems are for you and your cannabis plants.
First of all, GH nutrients are not designed for marijuana plants. It’s like using diesel fuel in a gasoline engine. Secondly, GH nutrients play havoc with pH, parts per million, and nutrients absorption.
Yes, some growers get good results with General Hydroponics, or else the company would be totally out of business.
But the percentage of GH users who’ve had worries about their base nutrients is higher than anyone would like to see. And growers who use hydroponics nutrients meant for marijuana get tastier, bigger, more profitable buds. That’s easy to see.
When growers ask General Hydroponics, Botanicare, Technaflora or most of the other North American hydroponics nutrients companies if they do any scientific research for cannabis growing, their answer is NO!
How does that make you feel? It made me feel I better get off the General Hydroponics and use hydroponics nutrients tested on marijuana, even if it means switching away from what I’m familiar with.
It’s not like General Hydroponics products are totally useless. I highly recommend their mite-killer Azamax. They have a seaweed product called BioWeed that’s pretty nice too.
Marijuana growers who care about their health don’t want PACLO, and public health officials have banned it in fertilizers, but GH is still making money selling it.
We’re spending money on hydroponics nutrients and we have a right to expect those nutrients are made specifically for marijuana by manufacturers who are publicly supportive of the marijuana growing industry.
General Hydroponics does NOT give you hydroponics nutrients made for marijuana, and it has never done anything to defend the marijuana community from police and the DEA.
All GH does is take our money selling us generic fertilizers made for veggies and ornamental plants.
I said goodbye to General Hydroponics nutrients, and when you want the best for your marijuana plants, you will too.