Top-Shelf Hydroponic Microorganisms For Medical Marijuana
Posted by Lee G. Leissett | February 20 2013 | 2243 views | Comments ↓
Bacteria can be superheroes to your MMJ.
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If you are growing medical marijuana, chances are that you have heard of supplementing beneficial microorganisms. For years, organic growers have reaped the benefits of healthy, living soils full of plentiful populations of beneficial fungi and bacteria.
Now, extraction technologies and breeding programs are allowing hydroponic growers to share in the spoils of these microscopic amigos.
Beneficial microorganisms aid the medical marijuana grower in many ways. Most beneficial fungus strains aid in root development, maximizing oxygen, nutrient and water absorption while beneficial bacteria create a network around your plant’s root mass which actually extends their reach.
Large colonies of beneficial bacteria help to accelerate the decomposition of organic matter into usable nutrients, and in some cases can increase the solubility of particular minerals.
This symbiotic relationship between beneficial microorganisms and plants is one of the most complex in the world of botany -- microorganisms feed on sugars provided by the plant, and in return produce enzymes that can accelerate chemical reactions (nutrient uptake).
The Right Microorganisms For Medical Marijuana
Not all microorganism formulations are equal. Many manufacturers outsource production to third party companies, who produce microorganism formulations for the entire horticultural industry. In other words, they are trying to make a very generalized formula that works on all plants.
It's a policy that practically ensures that they are not perfect for any crop.
Medical marijuana growers should purchase microorganism supplements designed specifically for their crop. Companies like Advanced Nutrients are dedicated to creating microorganism supplements designed specifically for the needs of the marijuana plant, with each strain of microbe individually grown, tested, and later combined to ensure the optimal formulation for our medicine.
They have also made their top-quality beneficial microbe formulas, Piranha (beneficial fungus) and Tarantula (beneficial bacteria), more accessible to everyone by reducing the price by 30 percent. These products were worth every penny at higher prices, but I am thrilled to see more growers getting access to these imperative supplements.
If you are a hydroponic medical marijuana grower and not supplementing your nutrients with microorganisms, you are depriving your plants of optimal growing conditions.
Over the years, hydroponic nutrients have undergone many improvements (and continue to do so). Chelated nutrients, pH Perfect® technology, and advancements in micro and beneficial elements are just a few of the latest and greatest advancements.
Because hydroponic marijuana nutrients are essentially ready to be absorbed, they somewhat bypass the need for a vibrant microorganism population. However, studies have shown that the supplementation of microorganisms, in conjunction with the latest hydroponic nutrient technologies, helps to maximize yields and improve flavor, odor, and overall quality - who wouldn't want that?
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Article by Lee G. Leissett, on Feb. 20th 2013