Want Big, Sugary, Tasty, Sweet-Smelling Marijuana Buds?
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By Steve Davis
Can you foliar spray carbs for better marijuana?
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Marijuana responds to extra carbohydrates and amino acids the same way endurance athletes respond when they load carbs before competing. Marijuana scientists say your hydroponics plants have more energy, vigor and yield when you feed them carbohydrates, vitamins and amino acids through their roots. And marijuana growers have long believed that you pouring carbos and other enhancers into your root zone can make your buds more sugary, and more tasty.
In the good ol' days of Colombian Gold that sold in the USA for $20 an ounce, Colombian farmers poured sugar, vanilla, cinnamon or molasses into their marijuana root zone, hoping to sweeten their crops.
Nowadays, your hydroponics store offers formulas that contain carbs and other ingredients said to boost plant energy, bud taste, and aroma. But you have to be careful about what you use...
One product professional marijuana growers'll tell you to avoid is Brix Plus. Its maker recommends spraying it on your crops a few days before harvest. Some people use it after harvest. It's supposed to add weight and make crappy weed taste better. What it really does is clog leaf openings (stomata) that your marijuana plants breathe through. Dealers use it to pad their weed weight. It sucks.
Because marijuana growers desire to enhance bud size, taste, aroma, and potency, you see hydroponics products advertised as containing "carbohydrates" that boost yields and other bud traits. But how accurate is this information, and what if any product actually makes your buds taste, smell and grow better?
To answer these important questions, first look at an article about spraying carbohydrates on plants. The article is in the December, 2010 issue of Maximum Yield hydroponics magazine; it's authored by "Craig Gribble."
Gribble's article, titled Plant Potential: Maximum Growth Through Foliar Feeding, claims foliar feeding carbohydrates is far better than root feeding. That's a surprising, weird claim. We all recognize that plants evolved to take water and nutrition in through their roots, and that the only inputs our marijuana plants evolved to take in through leaves are light and C02.
So why would Craig Gribble tell us otherwise? When I asked hydroponics store owners, they said it's likely because Craig Gribble runs a hydroponics company called Dutch Master--a company that makes hydroponics foliar spray products such as Liquid Light and Saturator.
I tried to figure out how and if those products worked to make bigger, sweeter, more resinous buds, but the Dutch Master people refused to tell me if their products are meant to be used for medical marijuana.
Old Information Versus Modern Marijuana Research
While I was studying the Dutch Master website and plant science studies trying to figure out if Dutch Master is legit, I noticed the opening sentences of Gribble’s Maximum Yield article are word for word the exact same as the opening paragraphs of an advertising blurb on the Dutch Master website.
What's more, Gribble's article and website mention the research of "Dr. H.B. Tukey" to assert that foliar feeding is amazingly effective--but Gribble fails to mention that Tukey’s research was conducted more than half a century ago on non-marijuana crops, and has been superseded by marijuana-specific research.
Gribble wants us to believe hydroponics marijuana roots do not uptake carbohydrates, amino acids and other non-nutrient substances. But anyone can read actual scientific reports showing Gribble's theories are off base.
But hey, foliar spraying is useful in certain circumstances. Notice I use the term “foliar spraying” rather than "foliar feeding," because most foliar benefits are protective rather than nutritional.
For example, I foliar spray beneficial microbes and potassium silicate on my early-phase crops, because this helps defeat molds, mildews, and pests such as spider mites. If my crops are in trouble and I can't wait for the root zone to do its job, I'll try foliar spraying and usually I can get least get some nutrition into the plants that way.
Here's a basic but crucial foliar spraying tip: if you want hydroponics nutrients foliar spraying to be at all effective, use an organic or synthetic "surfactant" that helps leaves absorb what you're spraying.
Realize that some portion of what you spray on your crops is likely to be on them as residue when you harvest, especially if you spray during late bloom phase. Unless you're dealing with an emergency situation that absolutely requires foliar spraying, avoid foliar spraying after your marijuana plants have set flowers. Foliar sprays ruin the taste of your crops, and can create health problems for anyone who smokes your bud.
Marijuana That Tastes Like Cannabis Candy
So it's easy to see Gribble is mistaken about marijuana roots, carbohydrates, and foliar feeding, but what's the real story about how to use carb products to amp up the quality and quantity of your marijuana harvests?
Old school growers still use molasses and other crude materials, but those materials can cause root zone problems, and it's unclear if they make your buds sweeter, bigger, or higher in THC.
It's easier to use a hydroponics formula like Bud Candy, that's a marijuana-engineered carbo booster that provides complex carbohydrates and proprietary materials that infuse into your plants via roots to boost the scent, taste, size and potency of your buds.
Hydroponics carbo boosters such as Bud Candy provide blooming hydroponics marijuana plants extra energy at a time when they're running out of energy due to intense metabolic demands. The boosters also feed beneficial root zone microbes that increase yield and protect your marijuana roots.
Marijuana Grow Guru Jorge Cervantes Agrees
Marijuana grow guru Jorge Cervantes and other knowledgeable cannabis cultivation experts publicly state that marijuana plants' roots are the intake engine for nutritional elements, carbohydrates, and all other substances necessary for cannabis growth and yield.
I have to side with the marijuana experts, and it leads me to conclude that Dutch Master's Gribble unfairly disses your marijuana's roots and misleads you about how to feed your marijuana plants.
But I also think that this controversy exposes a crucial difference between Big Buds and Maximum Yield, and also illustrates how some businesspeople who profit from marijuana growers refuse to join the marijuana community or provide accurate information about hydroponics products and marijuana.
In Maximum Yield magazine and at its indoor gardening expo events, nobody is allowed to mention marijuana. This makes it impossible to have a transparent marijuana cultivation discussion so you know what products are good to use for your cannabis crops.
In stark contrast, Big Buds gives you tools, techniques, and tactics for growing heavyweight buds sticky with THC.
Unlike the Maxi Yield people, I am a marijuana grower who risks his life and freedom to grow pot, and I write for Big Buds because I want you to safely grow your dankest, most valuable buds ever!!
Compare that to Maximum Yield, Gribble, and Dutch Master: they're NOT marijuana growers, and will never tell you how to get the dankest, kindest buds from your marijuana. What else can you say except that they're scared of marijuana. And this is why marijuana growers turn to Big Buds instead of Maximum Yield when they want crop-boosting marijuana cultivation information.
It's easy to see your marijuana plants want to be fed through their roots, and when you give them the right boosters, you get bigger, more sugary buds. It's also easy to see that Gribble's mistaken opinion about root feeding versus foliar feeding is bitter medicine for you and your buds.
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