Use Potassium Silicate to Get More THC Trichomes
Posted by Steve Davis | April 03 2012 | 31436 views | Comments ↓
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It’s a big deal when one of the most conservative industrial agriculture organizations agrees with medical marijuana plant scientists about an essential element that makes marijuana plants healthier, faster-growing and more valuable.
Take a look at the potassium silicate breakthrough you can easily use to help your marijuana plants...
We’ve talked before about the highly-influential Big Ag private regulatory organization called the American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO). In collusion with industrial agriculture corporations and government fertilizer regulators, AAPFCO calls the shots on what fertilizer elements are officially acceptable, and on what fertilizer manufacturers can say on fertilizer labels.
When fertilizer manufacturers want to get AAPFCO approval for new fertilizer formulas, AAPFCO puts up barriers that slow the development of better fertlizers, especially impeding modernization of hydroponics nutrients.
All the while, international scientists studying how hydroponics nutrients affect marijuana growth, health and yield have discovered nutritional elements such as potassium silicate that greatly benefit marijuana plants.
APPFCO of course refuses to accept scientific evidence from marijuana researchers, but the surprising fact is that insiders say AAPFCO now appears to agree that silicon strengthens plant health and productivity.
This is welcome news to the world’s leading marijuana plant scientists! For years they've been saying that when you feed the earth element silicon to your marijuana crops as potassium silicate, you get verifiable, significant increases in THC, crop health, growth rates, and productivity.
Silicon: The Missing Ingredient in Most Hydroponics Marijuana Gardens
Silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust (oxygen is the most abundant). It's present in relatively high concentrations in many plants grown outdoors in rich fertile soil.
Silicon is a foundational element that plays a major role in plant metabolism, growth rates, nutrients uptake, structural strength, resistance to fungal diseases, resistance to insects, resistance to adverse chemical conditions, and resistance to other problems that harm marijuana plants.
By the end of grow phase, marijuana plants grown in soil have exhausted their supply of silicon. In some cases, soil silicon is not in a form easily absorbed by marijuana plants.
In your soilless hydroponics garden, silicon is totally unavailable because it’s not in your root zone at all, unless you specifically add it as “silicate.”
AAPFCO has been slow to recognize the benefits of silicon, because plants may grow adequately in silicon-poor conditions.
But because marijuana plant scientists have been studying how hydroponics nutrients work in soilless marijuana gardens, they’ve long known that silicon-deprived plants are weaker and less productive than plants fed extra silicon.
Indeed, scientists discovered that silicon-deprived hydroponics marijuana plants are inferior to silicon-enriched plants in chemical composition, structural integrity, growth rate, maturation rate, root structure and function, enzymatic function, cellular strength, resistance to disease, pests, heat, salts, cold, heavy metals and drought, and in the quality, potency and weight of their buds.
Yes, your marijuana plants may grow adequately without silicon, which is a main reason silicon hasn’t been deemed an essential element that must be included in hydroponics base nutrients formulas. But evidence shows that without feeding added silicon to your crops, you’re missing out on healthier, stonier, more productive plants.
Potassium Silicate Helps Marijuana Plants Produce & Support Bigger Buds
Let’s summarize the proven benefits your medical marijuana plants get when you feed the right dosage and type of silicon to your marijuana plants:
• When your medical marijuana plants intake silicon as potassium silicate, they build it into their cell walls. Marijuana plant tissue samples show that silicon-enhanced cell walls are sturdier and more resilient than cell walls in silicon-deprived crops.
• Silicon-enriched cell walls provide structural support for your plants so they have sturdier stalks and stems that support larger buds.
• You know how much damage that sucking/biting insects such as mites, thrips, aphids, and other insect attackers can do to your marijuana plants. The good news is silicon-enriched cell walls make it harder for predatory insects to feed off your marijuana plants. Silicon-enriched cell walls also armor your plants internally and externally against damage from heat, intense light, cold, drought and humidity.
• Silicon (as potassium silicate) is absorbed via roots and then transferred from cell to cell inside the plant, where it becomes a powerful potentiator of your marijuana’s metabolic processes, acting as a balancer and facilitator that increases uptake of other nutrients, fuels photosynthesis, and filters pollutants such as salts and heavy metals. Potassium silicate also reduces oxidative stress (in other words, it is an antioxidant).
• When your marijuana plants are silicon-enriched, they’re better able to resist molds, mildews (such as the dreaded powdery mildew) and other pathogens that cost growers millions in losses every year.
• Marijuana plants fed silicon as potassium silicate have healthier, denser roots that uptake nutrients, oxygen and moisture faster, and they're more resistant to root diseases.
Potssium Silicate Gives You More Resin Glands with More THC
AAPFCO refuses to accept up-to-date nutrients science data from the hydroponics nutrients industry, and of course does not consider scientific evidence that shows how potassium silicate helps medical marijuana plants.
But at least AAPFCO is moving towards official recognition that silicon benefits crop health, growth and productivity benefits when silicate is fed to non-medicinal crops such as vegetables, fruits and sugar cane.
AAPFCO agrees that silicate fed to soil crops creates startling, immediate benefits including crop protection, faster growth rates, heavier crop yields, and increased yield quality.
For you as a marijuana grower, the important news is that potassium silicate increases the formation, sturdiness, size and resin content of THC glands.
Your resin glands are the primary reservoirs of THC in your plants, but they’re extremely vulnerable to rupture and other deterioration caused by heat, drought, predators, intense light, humidity, molds, mildews, nutrients problems, and rough handling.
Added silicon boosts the size, hardiness and resilience of your buds and resin glands, giving you heavier, more potent buds that are better able to resist forces that reduce crop quality and weight after harvest.
When you enrich your medical marijuana plants with potassium silicate, you extend the shelf life of their resin glands and THC. This means your crops retain more of their potency, taste and aroma for longer periods of time. Your crops are more valuable to you and others who depend on your buds.
Silicon as Silicate: Get The Right Solution for Your Marijuana Crops
Now that you’ve seen how adding silicon to your marijuana feed program is a proven way to get healthier plants and more-valuable buds, you’re surely wondering what’s the best way to get silicon into your plants.
Marijuana plant scientists determined that potassium silicate is the preferred form of silicon for marijuana plants. Using potassium silicate has the added benefit of providing potassium to your crops-- as you’re aware, potassium is a marijuana bud booster.
Without getting into too much chemistry, let’s understand that other forms of agricultural silicon, such as sodium silicate and lithium silicate, cause problems for your plants.
Lithium silicate causes toxicity. Sodium silicate has a big problem: sodium. In fact, excess sodium is already a big problem for marijuana plants growing in soil or soilless hydroponics systems.
Marijuana scientists describe this as “plant salt stress,” and they point out that it slows marijuana growth, reduces yield, and can even kill your plants.
Salt stress is a problem indoors and outdoors. Indeed, one of the main harms of industrial agriculture fertilizers, and the use of desalinated water, is that it spreads excess salts that create soil toxicity.
Remember that silicon must be provided in amounts appropriate for your plants, and in the right form. As with other nutrient elements you feed your plants, an excess or deficiency of silicon can cause crop problems.
So it’s not enough to just throw silicates into your feed program...you must send in the right amount of potassium silicate, and it's best if the potassium silicate is provided to you in a properly-manufactured liquid solution.
As a hydroponics marijuana grower, you only have a handful of product choices when you’re trying to add silicon to your medical marijuana plants.
One product is Botanicare’s Silica Blast, which contains sodium silicate, potash and potassium silicate. You already know why any product with sodium silicate is not good for your medical marijuana plants-- too much salt. Dyna Gro makes a “Pro-TeKt” product that contains potassium silicate; Dutch Master and Grotek also make silicate products.
I called Botanicare, Dyna Gro, Dutch Master and Grotek to ask how their products work for marijuana plants; they said their products aren't to be used for medical marijuana plants.
Grow Tips for Hydroponics Marijuana & Potassium Silicate
When I reached a technical advisor at Advanced Nutrients, I learned more about their potassium silicate product. It is called Rhino Skin.
I had already learned that the best storage method for potassium silicate was as part of a liquid solution, rather than a dry powder or granule. The tech advisor said hydroponics growers had to be careful about using most potassium silicate products, because potassium silicate can play havoc with pH and nutrients absorption, and because too much or too little potassium silicate can be worse than adding none at all.
Apparently, Rhino Skin is an upgraded version of a previous hydroponics product, Barricade, that works with the bloom phase nutrients system based on pH Perfect™ base nutrients that guarantee optimized pH and maximum nutrients absorption for your plants.
I talked to marijuana grow guru GrowDaddy (50+ years of marijuana growing experience) about potassium silicate. He had over the years tried all the potassium silicate formulas on the market, and decided that his best best was to use Rhino Skin as a root feed and as a foliar spray.
GrowDaddy uses potassium silicate for soil and soilless grows beginning in mid-veg phase and continuing through bloom phase, especially for plants like Kush that grow best with a heavy dose of hydroponics nutrients, and any plants known to produce higher than average THC gland percentages.
As a root feed, I use potassium silicate per the manufacturer’s directions. As a foliar spray I use zero ppm reverse osmosis water, half-strength Wet Betty organic surfactant, and one eighth to one quarter strength Rhino Skin. I adjust the solution to 5.7 pH. When I’m finished mixing, the foliar spray averages between 110-170 ppm.
I use this spray, sometimes in combination with other supplements during the latter two thirds of my grow phase and the first two weeks of my bloom phase.
Foliar spraying potassium silicate is a preventive against powdery mildew, mites, thrips, aphids, heat, gray mold and other stress that attacks your plants from the outside.
It also transfers potassium silicate into your medical marijuana plants at a crucial time...when they’re forming buds and resin glands. This strengthens your glands, increases the density and development potential of your bud structure, and results in more THC.
Now that you've seen how potassium silicate makes your medical marijuana plants safer, stronger, healthier, faster-growing, and heavier-yielding, I'm sure you'll get hold of hydroponics potassium silicate and enjoy the THC benefits today.
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