Kelp Contributes To Big, Sticky, THC-Covered Medical Marijuana
Posted by Lee G. Leissett | September 25 2012 | 6884 views | Comments ↓
Kelp will help you grow a sea of green.
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Many medical marijuana growers are currently using kelp as a nutrient supplement. Some growers may not realize that their favorite hydroponic solution already contains a form of kelp extract. Kelp is one of the oldest and most effective nutritional supplements for plants, so it’s no wonder that it finds its way into our feeding regiments. Kelp is available in different forms and, depending on extraction method, different potencies. Observed benefits of kelp include shortening the duration of seed germination, encouraged rooting, heightened immunity, increase in overall quality of fruit/flowers, correction of nutrient deficiencies, and a boost in growth.
Trace Elements, Minerals, and Vitamins Found In Kelp
A medical marijuana plant’s overall health and immune system can be heightened by supplementing the trace elements and vitamins found in kelp. Kelp is known to contain over 70 trace elements and minerals along with a variety of vitamins. These trace elements, minerals and vitamins are the cornerstones of a successful medical marijuana garden. Scientists believe that the trace elements, minerals, and vitamins work synergistically with the macro/micronutrients found in the soil or nutrient solution.
The trace elements, aided by select carbohydrates, will actually work as a chelator, making certain minerals more available to the plant and therefore stimulating growth and building the plant’s immune system. Advanced Nutrients’ B-52 contains kelp and is a great source of trace elements, minerals, and vitamins. Using B-52 during transplanting is a way to get the benefits of kelp and B vitamins for early root development and reducing stress.
The reason kelp is such a powerhouse in terms of stimulating plant growth is its composition of readily available growth hormones. Kelp contains ample amounts of auxins, gibberellins, and cytokinins. Kelp’s claim to fame is its high amount of naturally occurring cytokinins. Cytokinins are the hormones responsible for cell division, cell enlargement, differentiation of cells, and the development of chloroplasts. In a nutshell, cytokinins stimulate every aspect of a plant’s biology that would promote vigorous growth.
Enzymes and Proteins
Enzymes and proteins are essentially the foundation of cellular growth. A plant’s metabolism is directly affected by enzymes and proteins found in the soil or nutrient solution. Kelp contains beneficial enzymes and a variety of proteins that specifically trigger a metabolic response in plants.
Granular or Liquid Kelp Formulas
The two most common forms of kelp available are granular and liquid forms. I prefer liquid kelp extracts due to their ease of use, more control over dosage, and higher concentration of cytokinins. For amending a soil, however, the granular form is more applicable and cost effective. For foliar treatments (a common way for medical marijuana growers to supplement kelp), a liquid kelp formula should be chosen. Foliar treatments with liquid kelp extracts act quickly and can produce visually noticeable results within 24 hours.
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Article by Lee G. Leissett, on Sep. 25th 2012