Ask G.o.D: Inoculating Your Medical Marijuana Plants
Posted by Garden of Dreams | July 07 2011 | 12574 views | Comments ↓
Inoculate your MMJ roots and grow mediums at every transplant.
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One of the most frequently asked question's I get about growing medical marijuana is about using beneficial bacteria and fungi. How to use it, when to use it, how often, etc… This is one of the most important things you can ever do for your plants overall health, root zone and nutrient uptake abilities.
Mycorrhiza and fungus will colonize on the host plants root system and prevent harmful fungi from colonizing the same root area. There are endo- and ectomyccorhizae. The endo- aiding in material uptake, the ecto- forming a rhizosphere that protects the roots from potential pathogens or diseases. Other benefits included aiding in nutrient uptake, drought resistance, and increased uptake of sugars, minerals and carbohydrates, which in turn will give your plants overall health a giant boost, resulting in increased yields, flavors, and terpines.
One of the most effective way's you can accomplish this is by inoculating your freshly rooted cuts and grow mediums at every transplant. I like to use the following products to achieve this, Piranha, Tarantula, VooDoo Juice. Molasses, I prefer Black Strap Unsulphured Molasses. That combo will handle the whole process for you.
We start with a gallon of fresh reverse osmosis treated water. You can use tap water so long as your PPM's are less then 220 and the water is aerated/bubbled for at least 24 hrs to remove any chlorine, otherwise the chemical will kill you inoculation.
Then I like to mix up the VooDoo Juice at half strength for small rooted clones and regular strength when up potting from 1-gallon to larger pots or larger Hugo blocks. I add 5 mL per gallon of the molasses to the mix. The sugars present in the molasses will feed the beneficial bacteria and your medium will be on its way to continually producing beneficial bacteria and your food web will be off and running.
You will want to mix the molasses in a small plastic cup with water first, then add to the solution you mixed earlier.
Once mixed, be sure to check your solution pH. For hydroponic marijuana growing, we want a pH level of 5.8, and for soil were looking for a pH of 6.4. I like to let this mix brew with a bubbler while I'm inoculating the fresh clones.
To inoculate the clones themselves, we start with either a plant that is being up-potted, or a freshly-rooted transplant. I usually go into 1 gallon pots of soil or coco noir, or 4-inch RW cubes.
I then mix a tablespoon of Piranha with a tablespoon of Tarantula in a separate.
I take a small pinch of the mix and sprinkle the exposed roots with a light dusting. Then I sprinkle a light dusting into the transplant hole I'm using. Just a dab will you do farmers, so over do it.
We then place the clone or transplant into the medium and bury the roots. Then pour our fresh solution mix in there for first watering.
Once the beneficial bacterias are exposed to the root zone, they will continue to multiply. In turn, your plants nutrient uptake freeways will be free and your plants ability to uptake carbohydrates and sugars will multiply tenfold. Disease resistance also improves, leaving you ready to grow the biggest and best buds possible.
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Article by Garden of Dreams, on Jul. 7th 2011