Keep It Natural: My Growing Paradigm
by, 04-23-2010 at 08:52 AM (527 Views)
Nature is a vast and wondrous place. It is hard to understand all the complexities of this planet we live on. One thing that is for certain is that all plants, including marijuana, grow well in nature if left unattended or attended. What I am trying to get at is the fact that marijuana will grow better indoors under conditions that greatly mimic that of the outdoors. This paradigm has helped me already in my garden. Simply my opinions in general reflect this statement, "If it doesn't happen normally in nature it shouldn't happen here." Obviously there are MAJOR differences that cannot be avoided, however there are many things you can do to help make it that way.
Let me give you the best example of this I found yet. I like to consider myself the "open minded grower." This to me means that I will always listen to others when it comes to technique. This guy, riddleme, came up with an idea that struck me as very insightful. In nature, it rains. He suggests that you flush the plant really good when its time to water during the first week of flowering. Thus "making it rain, indoors." This causes the plant to take up an excess of water through osmosis and expell it, through a process called transpiration. Cohesion-Tension Theory states that water when in contact with other water molecules bond with each other. As the plant transpires new bonds are created thus moving water up the plant through the cells(which need the water to work). Right before your plant drys is the time to add nutrients. When riddleme did this he claimed a MASSIVE bud formation, quicker than if he watered normally. This happened even under lighting that would be considered insufficient by a "set in his ways" grower. I would attribute this to the fact that water is already speeding up the plant at an increased rate because of the recent flush. It will subsequently suck up the nutrient rich water at a fast speed, that somehow kick starts the flowering cycle. After a flush the soil takes a smaller amount of time to dry out (like 2-4 days when it may have used to be 5-7 days). The only reason I buy this, is because in nature it would happen this way. If your interested more in this technique take a look at his posts. Calling All Noob Growers and Noob Advice I don't necessarily agree with all of what he says. He definatley has some good information that can help out many a newb grower.
Now consider topping in my paradigm, I have decided to top half of my plants. Who is to say an animal could not walk over the plant and sever it at the second node in nature? Hehe, I know this is bending the rules. It could happen tho. I just created a scenario where a deer came and ate the tops off half of my plants. Or perhaps a bunny came and munched on em? Bottom line this is still in my paradigm IMO!
I currently use and will continue organic soil and nutrients. I feel that nature intends my plants to be this way. I even mulch the tops of my plants and amend the soil with them. I don't know how much effect this has, but it relates to how things go down in nature. Not all of my plants are this way as animals would eat some of the tops in nature. I am experimenting with this idea of mulching leaves in this way. All In all, I feel this paradigm makes my plants happy. It certainly makes me happy because I feel a closer connection to them. I don't like poisoning my body with unnecessary chemical I don't need. As I don't like using chemicals on my girls. Happy Growing Tomorrow I Will Blog about Over watering.