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Adding molasses to your bloom mix?

Discussion in 'Hydroponics' started by SAP420, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. SAP420

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    Does this help with the final yield and what is the correct dosage if so? Thanks for anyone who knows this! :thumbsup:
     
  2. LOC NAR on probation

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    Stinky knows more about it than me. I can't remember the dose. It is suppose to act like carboload and cheap. Did a search and found stinky says 1 tablespoon per gallon. Mother nature style.
     
  3. the image reaper

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    I've used blackstrap, non-sulfured, molasses in both soil and hydro ... I'm convinced it made for denser, heavier buds, a difference that was easy to see, and feel ... I pretty much start using it about a week before the switch to flowering, and then, right up until a week before the final flush ... I haven't used it outdoors, yet, but I am curious, if it may attract insects ... I don't recommend applying it foliarly, though (sticky, may attract bugs, block pores) ... I haven't found dosage to be critical, at all ... I use about a 'tablespoon-glop' per gallon of water, shake well ... no problems with clogging my drippers, or anything like that ... it may brown the roots, look scary, but it rinses right off, no harm ... I foresee using it every grow :thumbsup:
     
  4. socialistpete

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    Reaper you don't use it during your flush? I just started flush on plants and added 2 teaspoons per gallon. I think I might try it all the way through flower then.
     
  5. the image reaper

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    I've seen posts, where molasses was used as a final flush ... it may be OK, I don't know, personally (I use H2O2 as flushes, between changes, and final) ... I was taught (probably from one of Mel Frank's books), that sugars give a harshness, and that's a partial reason for long curing ... I think it said sugars turn to something less offensive, during curing (I'm not a chemist, and the memory ain't fer shit, either :D) ... some of us intentionally smoke pot to 'forget', :wtf: ... :jointsmile:
     
  6. SAP420

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    Thanks for info all! Yeah... I read that HighTimes recommends 1 tbsp per gallon as well. I will start doing this. My girls (4 of them) are on their 4th week of bloom. Just a couple more to go. :)
     
  7. Big len

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    I use it all the time in bloom allways fattens them up real nice but I stop at my flush and just use water.
     
  8. SAP420

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    Yeah Thanks for your reply! I went and bought some molasses today and added 2 tbsp to each of my reservoirs (2 gal). I didn't even have to adjust the ph cuz it brought the water's ph down anyhow. I hope to see how well my girls do with this additive! :thumbsup:
     
  9. SAP420

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    Well... the whole molasses thing ended up being a disaster. It ended up clogging up my airstones and 2 of my girls died on me even though I took them and washed off their roots and remixed their nutes without it. My other 2 girls are doing fine. I could not get the ph level down no matter how much ph down I added. I will stick to the regular nutes for now on. :mad:
     
  10. LOC NAR on probation

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    Sad to hear that man. How did you add it to your rez. I have not used it and the info may help others.
     
  11. macnasty

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    oh silly sap. i had the same problem with molasses; congealed all the pin sprayers and made an overall slimy mess of the tubs. i've since fixed the problem by adding only ONE teaspoon at a time. ensuring that i mix it with water or nutrient solution that is HOT, mixing every few minutes for about 10 minutes, then finally putting it into the res. if you just throw the molasses in hot (and even worse COLD) water the mix is all cloudy (even if you stir aggressively for a few minutes) and you can clearly see it's not completely dissolved. and the reservoir is not likely to be warm or hot either, so all that particle cloudiness just grabs on to anything it can and i would assume almost instantly clogs up your system, as it did mine. i have since limited molasses to 1 teaspoon per day, well mixed beforehand. even my super sensitive pin sprayers aren't phazed anymore. they will go weeks without having to be cleaned, whereas before it was about a day,maybe less. are you turning your air pumps off at all? i find that if they are turned off they clog much more easily. i've also heard recommendations of 1 tablespoon per galon, but i find that to be excessive. that figure is probably good for soil, but not for hydro. my further advice is, if you brave to try it again, to start with smaller dosages. like 1 teaspoon for your entire rez. and work your way up until your system can't handle anymore. any molasses is better than no molasses, my grand dad used to say...or something like that.molasses is great stuff, love the results, i don't think i'll ever betray it. makes for a noticeably sweeter smell of buds, and denser as well.
     
  12. SAP420

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    yeah, I leave my airstones running all the time. I am using deep water culture buckets to grow. I may try it again someday but I had a bitch of a time with the ph levels. :( Thanks for your advice!
     

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