Medpot Minstrel: Hydroponics Medical Marijuana

Friday, December 01, 2006

Starting to Bloom, reviewing Photosynthesis

My ladies are entering week one of their flowering stage, so I mixed Bud Blood into their reservoir for this week only. Weeks two, three, and four of flowering I’ll be mixing in Big Bud, the most famous Advanced Nutrients Medical bloom enhancer of them all. It’s got a catchy name, don’t you think?

Then for weeks five and six of flowering, it’s time for Overdrive. Now I can’t caution you enough—never mix these three supplements together at the same time. They are to be applied sequentially! If a grower happened to snooze during these instructions and mixed them all together, his cannabis plants would be fried to a crisp!

These are very powerful additives and are meant to be treated with respect. The rule of thumb is only add one major bloom enhancer at a time to your basic nutrient mix. That’s not to say that you can’t add additional vitamins and carbohydrates.

This week, my basic nutrient becomes Sensi Bloom A & B. The application rate is 2.6 mL/L, with an NPK of 5-4-8. Extensive field testing by the plant scientists at Advanced Nutrients resulted in this 2-part species-specific fertilizer, with carefully adjusted levels of the major macro and micro nutrients craved by the cannabis plant during its flowering stage.

I’m looking forward to the “large, deliciously scented, healthy flowers” promised in the company literature. It’s not just empty talk—Advanced Nutrients puts its money where its mouth is. This product, along with all the others, is backed by their famous money-back guarantee.

I’m not taking any chances. I’m also adding Sensi Cal Mg Mix Bloom, Carbo Load Liquid, and Mother Earth Super Tea Bloom to the mix this week.

The last one in the group is designed to add that organic touch to your synthetic fertilizer, by supplying ingredients such as shrimp, fish, crab, and canola meal, as well as sea kelp, earthworm castings, and alfalfa extract, along with some citric acid. Strong, sustained bloom production is promised.

Carbo Load Liquid is usually added midway through the bloom cycle, but I noticed that some of my ladies seemed a bit sluggish in the growth department, so I’m adding it early to boost their energy. It’s like eating a chocolate bar in the middle of winter.

Sensi Cal has easily digested chelated compounds of calcium and magnesium, as well as other micronutrients, designed to replenish the elements that get used up in the growth process. The Bloom variety also helps my ladies develop stronger, healthier buds.

Spoke to the Advanced Nutrients tech guy again, and he gave me a rundown of basic plant science. It seems that there are three classes of plants: Cam, C4, and C3. Cam includes succulent, low-light loving, high humidity plants.

The C4 class embraces most grasses and plants which love medium-light levels and are able to utilize CO2 well.

Then C3 includes most plants which are high energy, such as cannabis. They produce flowers and fruit, and love high-lighting levels, able to use CO2 the best of all.

The C3 plants are able to manufacture large quantities of sugar—thus energy—through photosynthesis. These plants use light, water, nutrients, and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (or, as in my case, from the CO2 generator in my grow room), and convert these ingredients into sugar, as well as release oxygen as a by-product.

The sugar, water, and additional nutrients are moved around inside the plant in order to nourish its cells and cause them to multiply, resulting in growth.

The leaves of my cannabis plants suck up water from the roots through tubular cells, called xylem. The leaves are constantly respiring, giving off water molecules which end up evaporating and creating the humidity in your grow room.

Excess humidity has to be removed by good ventilation, otherwise it will cause harmful microorganisms to grow on the walls, as well as on your plants. Fungal infestation is a major problem in many grow operations.

(Using the potassium silicate product Barricade can give immunity to your plants, literally from the inside out. Barricade prevents fungal and other pathogens by denying them a foothold in your newly strengthened cell walls.)

The water tension and pressure caused by this constant movement of liquid through the cells causes your plants to be rigid and strong.

The sugars that are produced through photosynthesis are sent back down to the roots through tubular cells called the phloem.

This is the circulation of life within each plant. The roots supply the leaves with the moisture they need, while the leaves send sugars down to the roots in a perfectly symbiotic arrangement.

The constantly moving liquid maintains the strength and structure of the plant.

As above, so below. Nature’s perfect balance as exhibited in the six ladies growing in my hydroponic buckets under one 600W High Pressure Sodium light. My contactor relay timer has been switched to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of total darkness. This induces flowering.

Now it’s up to my ladies to produce prize-winning blooms and a dynamite Mother Plant!

posted by Wes @ 8:13 AM


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