So I have been wondering for a long time if the sugar products available @ the hydro stores are far superior to the stuff that we can source at grocery stores/ supermarkets/ Health stores, for a fraction of the cost.
I often see debates regarding whether using the likes of Malt Extract, Molasses & Raw Cane Sugar (aka Panela/ Jaggery Goor - dependent on your location) are as good as the hydro store versions. Well, I finally caved in today and bought my first bottle of Bud Candy!
As I haven't used Molasses/ Raw Cane Sugar/Malt Extract on a grow throughout bloom I thought it would only be right for me to do my bit for the debate and test these products against the BC (Bud Candy) to see if BC produces a noticeable difference in smell, trichs, flavour or any other desirable trait over the Molasses/Panela/Maltose.
You will see a multitude of sweet or sugary sounding ingredients on the back of BC, here's a few for example if your not familiar with it ~
- Cranberry Extract
- Grape Extract
...and the list goes on! Lol!
I won't be attempting to replicate the BC formula for obvious reasons
What I am thinking of is using the main 3 Sugar products spoke of in replacement of BC etc ~Panela, Blackstrap Molasses & Maltose (if I can located Malt extract).
The plants are in Soiless mix (H&G Batmix) so these carbs should also help with the microlife too.
Base ferts will be Canna Terra Flores (NPK 2-2-4), plants are Cheese and in their 1st week of bloom, they haven't had any nutes yet as the soiless mix had enuff nutes in it so far, just Root excelurator, and foliar feeds of Maxicrop seaweed & Canna's Rhizotonic. This will probably change by 14 days bloom...
I will only be using 18 plants out of my SoG to run the test.
9 will get~
Canna Terra Flores Base fert & BC with Plagron Green sensation for the last 4 weeks before flush
Canna Terra Flores + Panela+Molasses+Malt extract with Plagron Green sensation for the last 4 weeks before flush.
The Green sensation is a bloom stimulator/ PK additive very much like Atami's Bloombastic in ingredients.
I'll start adding BC & sugars today, I'll be using the 1 TEASPOON per gal of Molasses and have to double check the Panela mixing instructions again.... Maltose (malt extract) will be added with other 2 from next watering as I haven't found any yet!
I have a Q for any BC users what ratio do you use it @? 2ml per L as bottle says or weaker?
Here's a few pics of the stuff I intend to use... U may see some aspirin in there to... I read that it contains salicylic acid which is thought to be one of the active ingredients in Canna's boost. Haven't quite got comfortable with the idea of spraying aspirin onto my girls
so I think I'll give that a miss until someone a lil braver than myself gives it a try
I'll try do weekly updates of 2 or so plants from each group to see how things come along, also smell tests and ultimately smoke test
Any advice of doses, or other stuff I may wanna try adding fire away... Or just general advice/ criticism or praise
lol! Is very welcome!!!