Get Bigger Marijuana Yields Using the Right Hydroponics Medical Beneficial Microbes
Posted by Steve Davis | March 12 2012 | 14401 views | Comments ↓
Only the right beneficial microbes make your marijuana roots this healthy!
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Tens of thousands of years ago, before we transformed and dominated the earth, marijuana plants grew only outdoors in living soil and were actually part of the soil…unified with the earth by roots inhabited and penetrated by tiny organisms called microbes.
Microbes and marijuana roots engaged in the unconscious art of co-evolution: as marijuana roots grew, soil microbes grew, because microbes and roots find each other beneficial.
Roots provide a forest of shelter, nutrition, moisture and structure for the tiny microbes.
In return, microbes give back nutrition, moisture and protection that increases the size of marijuana roots, feeds roots, shields them from non-beneficial microbes and soil-borne diseases, helps roots handle drought, excess water, and weak soil nutrition.
In their dance of co-evolution, soil microbes and marijuana roots evolved together symbiotically via natural selection. For those of us who’ve forgotten our Darwin, remember that natural selection happens when organisms compete for survival.
When organisms mutate in ways that increase survival and reproduction, those organisms and their offspring live on into the future. Organisms that cannot compete are unable to survive…and they disappear from our planet.
Natural selection is not a “conscious” process in the way we define “deliberate” consciousness, like when you choose to grow a Kush or a Haze.
Nature "randomly" rolls the dice genetically. Organisms respond accordingly. Their environment changes too—based on the laws of geology, geography, physics, biology, chemistry.
Somewhere in the intersection of changing organisms and changing environment, some organisms survive. Others don’t. What you want to know is, what will make your marijuana plants not just survive, but thrive.
Marijuana and Microbes Surviving and Thriving Together
Marijuana and beneficial microbes are obviously survivors. They’ve had to battle natural enemies and harsh conditions. All organisms have to do that.
Many organisms also have to battle the one super-organism species that now dominates our planet with conscious control never before seen in the universe and likely to never be seen again.
We are the super-organisms. We run this place now. For better or worse, humans are the real gods.
And that’s why scientists talk about anthropogenic change, referring to the time we are living in as a new epoch in the long history of our planet. It’s the “Anthropocene Epoch.”
Anthro, as in anthropology. Anthro, as in…the human species.
With our godlike power, we’ve split the atom to create energy and weapons of mass destruction. We pave more and more earth. We turn the Amazon rain forest into a drought-stricken desert.
We spread petroleum, its derivatives, and bizarre man-made chemicals into the atmosphere, oceans, rivers and underground water supplies, ultimately polluting our own bodies with toxic, never-before-seen substances.
We chainsaw forests, vacuum the life out of the oceans, pollute the atmosphere with sinister vapors, eradicate thousands of species per year.
Big Agriculture and Big Chemical team up to transform living soil into dead soil. They spread GMOs that threaten the future of life on our planet.
These money-obsessed industries have made millions of acres into biological dead zones with soil that's almost as sterile as Grodan rockwool. In corporate Farmville, water is chemicalized, air is foul with dust and poison.
In fact, Big Ag and Big Chem have made the industrial agricultural zone into a biological wasteland. Toxic for human and non-human organisms alike. Toxic for bees and other pollinators who have been providing us essential natural services for millennia.
Toxic for farm workers. Toxic for water drinkers. Toxic for air breathers.
Sad to say, more and more of the earth is becoming a dead zone. That’s not a tree-hugger or environmentalist wacko opinion--that’s scientific fact.
Marijuana’s Friends and Enemies
Marijuana plants and beneficial root zone organisms have to battle harsh conditions just like the rest of us do. But marijuana plants have enemies most plants don’t have.
There’s a war against marijuana. A real war, with military hardware and tactics. A war against those of us who give shelter to marijuana, especially those of us who grow medical marijuana.
This unholy war is the main reason there’s a hydroponics medical marijuana industry. Marijuana was grown outdoors or in greenhouses until the 1970’s. What happened to force us indoors? The war against marijuana.
Growers got tired of being raided or ripped off. So they brought their plants indoors and struggled along, trying to figure out the right lighting, nutrition, environment, watering and other conditions.
They stumbled and fell along the way, "aided" by early hydroponics profiteers who leapt in to provide generic fertilizers that are just copies of existing fertilizers meant for tomatoes, peas, and other non-medicinal crops.
Eventually, the hydroponics industry got modernized by companies like Advanced Nutrients, whose founders recognized that medical marijuana growers were growing plants with the wrong fertilizers, the wrong lighting, the wrong conditions.
What’s the Matter With Hydroponics Marijuana Roots?
Advanced Nutrients scientists point out a crucial loss that marijuana suffered when we moved it indoors.
Even when we use "organic" soil, compost or compost tea, indoor medical marijuana roots are living in an environment that lacks proper nutrition. It lacks proper temperature and aeration. It lacks beneficial soil microbes that evolved with cannabis roots for thousands of years.
Yes of course marijuana roots can survive a little without beneficial microbes. But just like your intestine functions best only when beneficial probiotic microbes flourish in your intestine to help your body digest food and extract nutrition from it, marijuana roots function best when they’re in a living root zone infused with the beneficial microbes marijuana roots evolved to work with.
Advanced Nutrients scientists discovered that first. Then other hydroponics companies tried to bootleg their discoveries and rushed products into the hydro stores.
But as always in the hydroponics industry, these other companies took the cheaper road. They sold compost tea, even though the beneficial microbes in their compost tea weren’t the kind that marijuana roots evolved to live with.
The teas were improperly made and bottled so the microbes died on the hydro store shelf or before they ever reached the store.
Companies offered products that contained beneficial microbes and a carrier material. You add the product to your root zone via your watering regimen. But those products again contained the wrong species of microbes: plants are different and so are microbes and so is biological co-evolution.
These folks were selling “beneficial microbes” products that had the wrong microbes, or the wrong versions of microbes, or microbes that were harvested and stored improperly so the microbes could never come to life in your root zone.
They sold beneficial microbes in the wrong combinations and ratios; their microbes canceled each other out. Their labels gave inaccurate application instructions.
Marijuana growers spent money on these products, and got only a sickly root zone and a smaller bank account.
Scientific Testing Reveals Hydroponics Marijuana Root-Boosting Microbes
The fundamental mistake these other companies made is by grouping marijuana in with all other plants. If they tested their microbes at all, they sure as hell didn’t test them on high-grade marijuana. They tested them on tomatoes and similar crops.
Surely they could have figured out that microbes that help tomato roots aren’t the same as the microbes that help marijuana roots, but they didn't bother.
Into this mess stepped Advanced Nutrients...
They recruited the most respected and creative microbial scientists. Told them to review all existing research on beneficial soil microbes for marijuana. Gave them research and development funding so they could do modern, professional lab testing and bio-development that created super-strains of microbes developed specifically for marijuana roots.
The Advanced scientists tested other companies’ products and found the microbes were dead, or the bottles contained microbial strains that weren’t optimized for medical marijuana.
They discovered that some types of microbes couldn’t be combined in bottles with other types because the strains kill each other off.
So they came up with a three-product program consisting of Voodoo Juice, Tarantula, and Piranha. Each product contains a different blend of beneficial microbes, and each blend is guaranteed to enhance marijuana roots, and to have long shelf life.
Used together as directed, these microbes enliven the function and density of marijuana roots, protect them, generate compounds that increase flowering success. Hydroponics marijuana growers have seen with their own eyes that microbe-enriched roots produced visibly larger buds with more THC.
As an added benefit Tarantula and Piranha used as a foliar spray fight pathogens that attack marijuana leaves and flowers.
Into the Hydroponics Marijuana Microbes Factory
I visited an Advanced Nutrients facility, demanding that their scientists prove to me that Advanced Nutrients microbe products were effective for marijuana, and superior to competing products.
The Advanced Nutrients scientists explained the two very distinct processes manufacturers can choose when they make or sell beneficial microbes products.
Other than Advanced Nutrients, hydroponics companies cut corners by hiring contractors to bulk produce/bulk combine microbes without testing them for marijuana appropriateness or microbial compatibility.
When they do this, they give up manufacturing control and quality control. They really have no idea what’s in the bottle that has their name on it.
Worse yet, their third party company is cutting corners so they can do as little work as possible. They don’t have scientists who understand the specific microbes marijuana roots need. They don’t have top scientists.
They just throw “Bacillus” microbes into a bottle, not realizing that this strain name is like saying “rock music” to describe all electrified music, without specifying if it’s The Beatles, Pink Floyd or Van Halen.
Not only that, it’s like the difference between rock music made by The Beatles or Pink Floyd, versus rock music made by far-inferior musicians.
The scientists explained how they did years of research to identify strains, sub-strains and related strains that were all tested on marijuana roots.
When you read the Advanced Nutrients labels you see their products contain marijuana-specific microbes, many of which only Advanced Nutrients offers…
Arthrobacter globiformis, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus megaterium, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus thuringiensis, Bacillus canadiensis, Paenibacillus polymyxa, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus licheniformis, Paenibacillus azotofixans, Bacillus mycoides, Bacillus laterosporus, Bacillus macerans, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus cereus…this exclusive list goes on and on.
Each microbe strain is individually bred in a specially made 10,000-liter breeding reactor.
After breeding the microbes, Advanced Nutrients scientists dry them in a special evaporation tower. Then the strains are carefully recombined to create Voodoo Juice, Piranha, and Tarantula.
These time-consuming, expensive scientific procedures are necessary because different strains of beneficial microbes breed at different rates and the scientists have to ensure total uniformity and maximum colony forming units (CFU’s).
And even if you see some of these same strain names on bottles of other manufacturer’s products, you have no way of knowing if those strains are actually in the products, or have been properly handled so they’re still alive when you put them into your hydroponics marijuana root zone.
You could breed marijuana-specific microbes and properly combine them, but then put them into bottles the wrong way so that the microbes have no shelf life.
That’s why Advanced Nutrients scientists use an exclusive “antagonist” compound that keeps the microbes dormant until you put them into your nutrients water.
The microbes then immediately exit dormancy, replicate quickly, and burst into action by wrapping themselves around and penetrating into roots, creating flower-boosting hormones, and increasing root size and function.
You see larger, denser, more vibrant marijuana roots armored against bad microbes, drought, heat stress and other negatives.
The basic equation is: the right types of beneficial microbes give you bigger, healthier marijuana roots. This results in bigger, healthier marijuana yields.
That’s how co-evolution combines with human ingenuity to give you healthier, faster-growing marijuana plants, fatter buds and more THC every harvest!
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Article by Steve Davis, on Mar. 12th 2012