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Hydroponics Marijuana Maximum Yield Formula
Posted by Steve Davis | January 18 2012 | 16571 views | Comments ↓
Maximum yield marijuana formula for more THC and weight
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We often see growers trying to calculate a “perfect formula” for hydroponics medical marijuana maximum yield. The formulas correctly contain the three major factors that influence how big and THC sweetened your buds are: grow room environment, marijuana genetics, and plant nutrition.
Most of these formulas assert that the size and potency of your buds is most influenced by plant genetics and grow room environment, with plant nutrition a distant third.
In practice, this leads to people mistakenly believing that plant genetics and grow room environment are the prime movers for crop outcomes, as long as you provide a few essential nutritional elements.
On the other hand, professional growers find that marijuana delivers the largest and most potent yields when you provide a precise configuration of dozens of environmental, genetic and nutritional factors. Yes it's true that this approach requires more knowledge and dedication, but the rewards are worth it.
We're taking for granted you want the most return from your hydroponics medical marijuana investment. That your goal is to see every hydroponics dollar you spend, every kilowatt of electricity you burn, every second of your gardening time converted into the largest, most potent medicinal buds possible.
This goal makes sense for us because hydroponics growing is an intense experience with exciting potential for risk and reward, based on how you work the many diverse factors that influence maximum yield hydroponics success. Let's consider what happened to my friend Bob, when he changed some factors in his hydroponics medical grow op...
Bob had been growing the same strains for years (mostly Bubbleberry and Sage), the same way, with the same nutrients, water, HID lights, grow room climate, etc.
Then he got a reverse osmosis system. Smart move. Except he did not realize that 140 ppm of calcium that had been coming in with his tap water got eliminated along with the bad shit that reverse osmosis also eliminates.
So Bob didn’t add a calcium-magnesium formula into his feed program. Expecting a better crop now that he had given his plants purer water, he was freaked out to see those same genetics he’d grown all these years suddenly have slow growth, leaf problems, roots that didn’t develop. (In the video, you saw what happens to veggie crops when calcium is deficient).
Remember- everything else was the same except he was now filtering his water, removing calcium along with other gunk that's in almost all the water we can get now.
(Especially if you're using deep water culture, aeroponics, hydroton or similar media, you don't want unfiltered water and its inevitable mineral load to interfere with your equipment or your feed program).
So here's the problem he had to solve: his grow's genetics and grow room environment were pretty close to perfect and unchanged. And he was using the same nutrients line-up he always had. But things went wrong, very wrong. Suddenly. Why?
Having made a similar mistake a few years ago when I changed water supplies but forgot to worry about calcium, I took one look at his crop and said, “Dude, your plants aren’t getting enough calcium.”
It was too late for him to remediate that crop by using foliar or root feeding of cal-mag. But on the next crop, he used Sensi Cal-Mag, which comes in phase-dependent formulas because your plants need a different mix of calcium and magnesium depending on whether they're in grow or bloom.
With the added cal-mag, all those deficiency symptoms of the previous crop were absent. His crop yielded better than before and tasted better due to the reverse osmosis system.
One thing for sure, Bob's calcium adventure is an example of why I encourage myself to diligently manage temperature, humidity, ppm, hydroponics nutrients and many other factors. Because you know your plants have a sweet spot that they like to be in. And that sweet spot produces the satisfying connoisseur yields that put a smile on my face and pride in my heart.
The goal we have as growers is getting the most from your hydroponics plants and your important investment in them. In pursuit of that goal, the formula for hydroponics success is:
Provide optimized medical marijuana nutrition, environment and genetics = Grow the highest quality medical hydroponics marijuana plants you've ever grown!
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Article by Steve Davis, on Jan. 18th 2012