Since my blog entry gets so little traffic, I decided I'd start a thread on the use of molasses in your soil grows. To make it easy for me, I'm blatantly stealing my previous text so I don't have to type it again
This is what works for me, and I'd love to hear my fellow dirt farmers' take on molasses!Wanna use molasses?
It's really SIMPLE:
- 1-2 tsp (5-10 ml) of unsulfured molasses per gallon of water. Brand does not matter, blackstrap or not doesn't matter. UNSULFURED matters.
- Warm up the jar of molasses by sitting it in a big bowl of hot water for 10-15 minutes.
- Before mixing up your nutes (if you're using them) pull a pint of the water per gallon aside and warm it up too.
- Add one or two TEASPOONS (5-10 ml) of the warm molasses to the warm water. Mix until well dissolved.
- Mix up your nutes, then add the molasses water.
- Water as usual.
- Mix up only enough solution for a single watering, as molasses water will grow bacteria and wild yeasts/fungi in short order -- if you really feel the urge to mix up a significant volume, keep it covered and refrigerated (under 40Â°F).
- Use full strength anytime during flower.
- Use every watering, every other watering or twice, doesn't MATTER.
- Use in seedling/vegetative stages at 1/2 or less strength, adjust upwards if the babies like it.
- Molasses feeds bacteria and fungi in soil, therefore will foster bacterial and fungal grow in your delicate hydro setups. NOT RECOMMENDED, OKAY?
I honestly hope that those who deign to actually read this post will realize by 'water', I mean the water you use to mix your nutes, if you use them, with any pre-treatments you'd normally use or not. You pH adjust your water? Do so. You use Cal-Mag? Do so. Savvy?
- Any major store that sells baking supplies
- Horticultural molasses is available at home supply stores (check online, right?)
- Feed stores have molasses too, cheap and good, almost always is blackstrap