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Hey guys. I'm reading here and there about people using molasses or sugar water on their plants. Could you please explain which of these are preferred, optimum amounts to use and the best time to use the sweetener? Also, the WHY, that'd be great. Thanks alot.
Nobody has any insights?
molasses has some trace minerals.
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Molasses is good to feed the little things that liv ein your soil to break the nutrients in the soil down to make them more available to the plants...
I don't use it, as I have never seen any benefit and it is yucky to work with...
I use sugar water on my plants if they show signs of Nitrogen overload...sugar is a super simple carbon, but plant's can't break it down, but it binds excess nitrogen in the soil, so it is no longer actively hurting the plant, which usually gives a plant long enough to grow more and use the nitrogen as the sugar gets broken down by the soil beasties..(same ones mentioned above basically)...Sugar water can't hurt a plant, provides a cellulose source with time, and can turn around slight nute burn...so I do use it, but not just for fun...I use it if when I flip to 12/12 they look overdone...because nitrogen levels that make for happy fast growing plants in veg make for nitrogen overfed flowering plants...
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I'm not a chemist, but I've heard it argued that the carbo molecule in molasses is too complex to be absorbed by plants -- it's supposed to feed the microbes in the soil, not the plant.
I just started using bud candy because it includes a few different carbos which can be absorbed by plants.
I have a note from my Doctor
I like to use it, Im going to be running it against Sweet this run ina couple weeks , but i would try on a couple plants instead of all of them and see the diff for yourself and see if it works for you,,,some people like it some dont your going to get dif answers you just got to do it, I do 1 tablespoon per gal, and its keeps mircros alive ive noticed more sweeter,denser, buds using molasses
Yeah, the sweeter, dense buds is what I've heard. I think I'm going to flower this strain w/o it, then on the second flower phase I'll water 1/2 of them with it. 1 tbl per gallon, straight up dark ass molasses. The danker the better I'd imagine.
you want to use organic, non pasteurized, molasses. It feeds the soil and more specifically the natural mychorrhiza within the soil. All Soil growers will confirm that feeding and understanding your "soil" plays an important role in optimum production and overall success. I use a heaping table spoon per gallon.
no nonsense makes no sense at all...
I've heard crazy weird stories about molasses but here is the basics -
First off you want black strap molasses - this is NOT the stuff sold in supermarkets as blackstrap (although it will work to a lesser degree). True black strap molasses is gross, you would never ever eat it. Its what is left over when making sugar and store quality molasses and generally has much much much less sugars as they've all been stripped out and much much more of the good stuff - what makes it bitter. True blackstrap can be found at ag and feed stores for really cheap. My 5 gallon bucket cost me $20 which comes to like $0.50 a pound.
Ok, now what it does - Molasses has many micros, vitamins, metals and other trace elements that your plant can absorb. More importantly these micros and vitamins help encourage healthy beneficial in the soil - the same bacteria and fungi that mineralize your organic amendments making them available to your plants. Secondly, the sugars that are left in the blackstrap are a readily available form of carbon for which the beneficials eat. Bennies, although they turn N,P,K material into ionized forms, mostly eat available carbon - for every gram of nitrogen they need they must have 30-50 grams of carbon...
So in essence molasses does fairly little for the plant itself but does wonders for your soil which in turn will help your plant. I recommend feeding your soil molasses all through the grow - the notion that it's only beneficial at the ends is a bit silly imo, and the stories of plants directly absorbing sugar to make the plant sweet is a bit crazy... Ever burn sugar? It's gross - I don't know why anyone would want extra sugar in their buds.
I would stear you away from honey as it contains several antibacterials - bacteria is what you are trying to promote.