Use a Suite of Bloom Boosters to Get Big Buds Like This
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If you're a hydroponics medical marijuana grower, I’d bet my life you’ve used a bloom booster at least a time or two.
In fact I rarely if ever meet any serious marijuana grower who’s only using hydroponics bloom base nutrients or only soil.
Problem is, you go into your hydroponics store and you see shelf after shelf of bloom boosters…
BioBud. Crystal Burst. Top Booster. Tiger Bloom. Bloombastic. Kool Bloom. Ginormous. Hydroplex Maximizer. General Hydroponics. Humboldt Nutrients. Fox Farm. Botanicare.
So no wonder medical marijuana growers are confused about bloom boosters, and now’s the time we clear away the confusion.
Start with this: almost all bloom boosters contain a lot of phosphorus (P), and a smaller amount of potassium (K), and that’s all they’ve got.
Sure thing, P and K help marijuana plants develop larger buds. But the kicker is marijuana wants more potassium and less phosphorus. So ratios of P and K are wrong in most all bloom boosters.
Not only are their ratios wrong, the materials used to source the phosphorus and potassium are also wrong. Meaning your medical marijuana plants can’t easily absorb the P and K. It messes up your roots and root zone so your medical marijuana plants struggle to absorb essential fertilizer elements.
Add to that how excess phosphorus loads up in your buds so you’re lucky if you can get them to burn and stay lit. And you’re lucky not to cough your guts out smoking that phospho-weed.
I’m surprised people don’t glow in the dark after smoking that shit- even if they flush, it’s still in there!
Now let’s take a look at another glitch…most bloom boosters are sold as a one size fits all type of product. You’re told to use the product along with your base nutrients from start to finish of bloom phase.
But as you notice when you look at your marijuana buds, your buds go through very distinct phases. It’s not as simple as saying they start out small and get larger; marijuana buds change radically as they go from early bloom to peak bloom to late bloom. They have sub-phases.
It’s not all just one big bloom phase from start to finish. Look at your marijuana buds as they go from baby buds to mature, ready to harvest buds. For the first 1-3 weeks after bloom phase starts there are few if any resin glands. Later during peak bloom phase, your marijuana plants are building resin glands and cannabinoids while also building bud structure.
During late peak bloom phase, your resin glands are full up, your buds only have another 5-15% of their size and weight to gain, and your marijuana plants are getting tired and are ready to say goodnight.
To feed the same bloom booster for the entire start to finish of bloom phase is to disregard the fact that marijuana plants use different nutritional elements in different ratios over the course of bloom phase.
Just like a little baby human is not a toddler is not an adolescent, and they don’t eat the same types of foods (because they need different things during different growth stages), marijuana buds also change a lot and need more than a generic bloom booster…they need different things during different phases of floral growth.
Fortunately there’s a hydroponics nutrients program that gives you the following benefits:
• Your marijuana plants switch from grow to bloom earlier so you have earlier and more numerous budding sites.
• Your early buds develop structure, resin glands and THC sooner.
• Your buds enter peak bloom earlier and stay there longer, producing extra weight, size and THC.
• Your buds go out of peak bloom and are almost immediately ready for harvest.
• You get earlier harvests so you can do more crops per year.
The feed program I am talking about is based on the following research techniques:
• The most popular and powerful strains of marijuana are stable-grown in test settings. These include Kush, Haze, Diesel, Trainwreck, Purps, Martian Mean Green, Lemon Haze and other top marijuana.
• The plants are grown in deep water culture (DWC) using reverse osmosis water for total control over nutrients inputs. Every feeding is measured and monitored.
• The marijuana plants are constantly monitored using tissue samples, microscopic evaluations, harvest measurements, metabolic ratings, and cannabinoid testing.
• The data gathered from the testing and monitoring is used to craft specific hydroponics nutrients and supplements that provide maximum yield in weight and THC from your bloom phase.
Using those procedures, the hydroponics nutrients manufacturer watches in real time what the nutritional program is doing for marijuana metabolism, cannabinoid production, size and weight of buds, rate of maturation, overall plant health, resistance to pests, pathogens and diseases, water consumption and other factors.
With this extensive array of data, plant scientists and chemists got together to design the only hydroponics nutrients system for marijuana buds. This is the system I am most aware of because it suits my needs as a connoisseur grower of medical marijuana.
I want the best for my plants, and I also want the nutrients tools that allow me to enjoy the creativity and fun growing involves. That's what I recommend the following bloom phase system that is so powerful and enjoyable to use for your plants...
The recipe for this marijuana-specific hydroponics nutrients system is:
• Use Sensi Bloom or Connoisseur bloom base nutrients.
• First two weeks of bloom phase your bloom booster is Bud Ignitor.
• During peak bloom, use Big Buds, Bud Factor X and Nirvana bloom boosters. Also use Bud Candy so plants have extra energy, and so buds have killer taste and aroma.
• During late bloom use Overdrive.
• If you’re growing Kush, use Kushie Kush as directed.
• Use Final Phase flushing solution just before harvest.
If you have your own bloom phase super-recipe, feel free to share it with us here in our comments section.
I've seen growers getting huge buds outdoors using only compost, rich native soil, greensand, rock phos, kelp, and a little guano.
I've seen growers indoors using bloom additives that were simple phospho-rich bloom boosters from start to finish, and they got decent yields...but their was too much phos in the buds so it was kinda harsh.
But there's a really cool thing that happens when you feed them based on their sub-stage of floral growth, as in the recipe above. And it leads to larger rewards for those who love to grow their own medicine.
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Friday, 25 November 2011
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Article by Steve Davis, on Nov. 28th 2011