Medical Hydroponics Marijuana & pH Perfect Perfection
Posted by John Foster | April 02 2012 | 5965 views | Comments ↓
Buds like these are yours to enjoy when you use new technology.
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Connoisseur is just one of four pH Perfect products
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Hello, fellow medical marijuana growers. I am pleased to share with you experiences from my world of growing marijuana. I have long awaited a magazine such as Big Buds and it is a pleasure to be able write for this online marijuana growers' magazine.
Today I am writing about new nutrients I heard about that are called the pH Perfect system. From what I read from the product advertising, the main thing they were promoting is that you no longer had to spend your time and money on pH meters and pH Up and pH Down. Well I kind of enjoy the process of measuring and adjusting pH, so the idea of getting rid of my pH meter did not appeal to me. One thing that I have always been taught ever since I became a hydroponics marijuana grower is that pH of your water and nutrients and root area are pretty much the most important thing that determines whether your marijuana plants are going to take in nutrients or not.
You can be pretty sure that if your water and nutrients and root area are not between the pH of 5.6 to 6.3 than you are not going to have all your nutrients going into your plants in the amounts or at the times that are necessary and best.
The wrong pH will deprive your plants of a few or many essential elements and it can just about stop their growth or make it where your buds never develop properly or you lose your potency.
So it was a matter of trust. Was I going to give up my ability to know for sure about my pH readings and trust the company (Advanced Nutrients) that was saying that if you just used any water no matter what the pH and followed their program that not only would you be able to stop caring about pH but you would get more from the fertilizer?
I am a cautious person so I was able to let a friend do the pH Perfect experiment for me. He was already using Advanced Nutrients, the Connoisseur base nutrients to be exact, and he was using their bloom supplements, vitamins and other stuff. But he was using the older version of the Connoisseur and not the pH Perfect version.
I admit that his marijuana always looked better than mine, but then again, he was spending about $370 more per season on fertilizers, so what would I expect to see? You spend more, you get more, is how I looked at it.
He was pissed off that he could not get the Connoisseur pH Perfect version even though other people in other parts of the country could get it. Then when he did get it he immediately called up my house and told me I had to see this.
When I got there he had an empty res. He took a pH pen and showed me that the reverse osmosis water he had was at 7.0. He put the reverse osmosis water into his reservoir and then put the pH Perfect Connoisseur in. The water immediately went to 5.9.
Then he put in Big Bud, B-52, Bud Factor X, and Bud Candy. These are all supplements he swears by rather than swears at. I have tasted his buds and I agree that they are delicious. So he had the pH probe and the ppm probe in the reservoir as he did this adding. The ppm’s increased but the pH stayed at 5.8. I considered this pretty amazing but was even more amazed when he got some tap water (which was at 7.5 pH) and put it in the reservoir. The reservoir water did not change in its pH. He told me that the only way you would see the pH change is if you diluted the water so much that it fell below the ppm levels that the pH Perfect needed to accomplish its pH mission.
So yes, I now saw that no matter what pH was the water you started with, if you used the pH Perfect base nutrients you could be assured that your water would be buffered to a perfect pH.
It was fun for me and him to try to figure out how Advanced Nutrients did that. We read the labels and saw a lot of fancy-sounding chemistry words and looked them up, and finally gave up. There was no way to figure out how they made nutrients that are so good at buffering pH. But the other thing was that this is not just a convenience feature so that you can save a little time and money on pH. What it really means is that you are getting more from your nutrients and more control over your ability to feed your plants what they need.
My friend is a far better grower than me, so he explained why this is good. It is because he has plants he loves (Burmese Kush) but they are prone to powdery mildew. They are also plants that can take a lot of ppm’s, they are known as heavy feeders. I have smoked that stuff and it is about as strong as a person can handle without passing out.
So he tinkers with his feed program by making it more ppm’s than would be normal, and also by adding in more Rhino Skin, which has a thing in it that helps to beat powdery mildew or at least reduce its reach.
He also is able to pour on the Overdrive in the last weeks of his blooming. Before pH Perfect™, when he did these tactics, it whacked his pH so he did have to spend a lot of time rebalancing. Sometimes he could never get the pH right. Now he doesn’t have to worry. Whatever he puts in or however he tinkers with his crop inputs, his water and nutrients and root area are still at the right pH.
I am going to wait until my current nutrients (General Hydroponics, Technaflora, Dutch Master) are gone and then I am switching to Advanced Nutrients, their latest products, even though it will cost me more for hydroponics nutrients. I feel like I am worth it, and my marijuana plants are worth it!
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Article by John Foster, on Apr. 2nd 2012