Hey Gc Interesting read i found on the internet thought it differently deserves to be hear Injoy....... Top 7 Most Common Growing "Myths" Some guy on an internet forum learned a super secret trick from his neighbors cousin who is a master grower: All you have to do is crumble 3 goldfish crackers per gallon of water into your nutrients every other feeding. The crackers use a wheat compound that's hard to obtain for non-commercial use, and it makes buds grow up to 20% larger! Does that sound crazy? Good! Because it IS crazy! One of the downsides to an invention as incredible as the internet is that crazy, nonsensical "tips" can easily be spread to thousands of new growers without any fact-checking. And unfortunately, many fake tips just as crazy as this one not only exist, but are followed! That's why today, we're showing you the 7 myths we hear most commonly, and our verdict on their usefulness. Protect yourself against faux-info! 1. "Miracle-Gro Plant Food is good for marijuana" Keep miracle-gro away from your cannabis! Many of us have grown up seeing Miracle-Gro being used in our homes, so we know that it works for 'regular houseplants'. Cannabis is just a tough weed, so Miracle-Gro should be great for it, right? Not really. The biggest problem with Miracle-Gro is that it's one formula for the entirety of the plants life cycle. Even if Miracle-Gro is good one for one stage of your plants growth, it won't be good for all of them. The ratio of nutrients your plants need changes drastically between seedling and full flower, and marijuana needs a nutrient system to accommodate for that. In addition, Miracle-Gro doesn't give you nearly as much control over nutrient levels when feeding. 2. "You can tell the sex of your plant by the number of leaf points it has." The explanation I've heard behind this one is: "The genes that control sex are linked to the genes that will determine leaf-tip structure. So if you have a plant with leaves that have [X] points, it's a girl/boy!" In short, this is definitely not true. The number of leaf tips has nothing to do with the sex of the plant. There are a few ways to determine the sex of your plant, but the easiest is to wait 1-3 weeks after flowering. Female plants make white wispy hairs at the base of their branches, and male plants will produce little pollen sacs. Check out our full tutorial on determining the sex of your plant at http://www.growweedeasy.com/marijuana-boy-girl 3. "Urinating on cannabis plants replenishes lost nutrients." Don't pee on your plants! Despite how bad this one sounds, it's actually true to an extent. Urine diluted with water reportedly replenishes a few nutrients, the most notable one being nitrogen. With that being said, there are many cheap, effective, and readily available means of giving your plants nitrogen without involving urine. Additionally, these other methods allow you to control exactly how much nitrogen you're giving your plant while the amount contained in urine is determined by several factors and is extremely difficult to measure. Many growers who use urine to feed to their plants end up giving them nutrient burn with it. I don't know about you, but nutrient burn due to urine seems much worse (psychologically) than the standard variety. 4. "Flushing plants with plain water removes chemicals." Flushing your plants in the last two weeks of a grow is one the most common pieces of knowledge when it comes to pre-harvest time. So is flushing your plants before harvest a good idea? Yes. But not for the reason that most people think... Any time you feed your plants, they intake nutrients which - in higher amounts - can add a 'chemically' taste to your buds. Flushing in the last two weeks gives your plant a chance to "drink water" without extra minerals to further alter the taste. It also clears out any build up of excess minerals in your medium(such as coco coir, or water for DWC). However, it does not remove nutrients/minerals that are already in the plant. Many people believe that flushing with plain water takes nutrients (and thus bad taste) out of the plant, in a sense, returning it to its 'natural flavor'. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case 5. "You can grow weed in an Aerogarden." 6 little white rhino girls. A surprisingly large amount of people have written into GrowWeedEasy.com to ask if growing weed in an Aerogarden actually works. In addition, there are many people who have tutorials written for it, and some swear by it! Weed can be successfully grown in an Aerogarden, that has already been established. But the reason the Aerogarden makes this list is due to the impracticality of growing weed in it. In reality, an Aerogarden saves you from having to buy growing lights and a top fed dwc (bubbleponics) kit. The problem is that the lights they provide aren't strong enough for flowering marijuana, and they're a bit too close to the reservoir which is too small for comfortable growth. Some people say it's only for small cannabis plants. Why not grow smaller plants in it? Well, why pay $250 for part of a small grow when you can pay about $300 for the entire cost of a decent grow? 6. "Male plants should be kept for their THC." Let's just start with this: definitely do no keep male plants unless your goal is to have them pollinate your female plants. With that being said, male plants actually do produce THC, albeit a much lower amount than female plants. How much lower? About 7 to 9 times lower! Plus, male plants don't grow buds, so you'd have to extract that small amount of THC from the leaves. All that pales in comparison to the real issue, which has nothing to do with the male plants low THC levels. The real problem is that your male plants can accidentally pollinate your female plants, or even the female plants of other growers in your area. Once your female plants are pollinated, they will produce less THC and lots of seeds that could also potentially be males! If you're looking to make your own seeds, skip keeping male plants in your house and check out our article on making your own feminized seeds! 7. "Adding juice/food to plants before harvest increases taste/potency/flavor." No OJ for your MJ! Here's a brief list of things people have been told to feed their cannabis to improve its taste/flavor/potency: Orange Juice Apple Juice Urine (Urine? Again?) Molasses diluted with water Egg whites diluted with water Sugar water Vanilla Extract The only one of these that actually has any tested effect is...molasses! And even molasses is only used in tiny amounts right before flowering. People love being able to do something productive for their plants while they're growing, and what better than giving them a treat like you'd give a pet? Frustratingly, the best thing you can do during those times is check on your plants, and be patient if they're doing fine. Adding any of the things listed above - except molasses - will definitely cause your plant harm. Bonus: As a bonus, here are a few other ones we've heard that weren't as popular, but we thought were worth pointing out: 1. Buds are more potent when harvested in their dark cycle Sounds plausible, but it isn't true... 2. Hermaphrodite plants produce feminized seeds This would be great! Unfortunately, it's too good to be true... 3. Blowing cannabis smoke at plants helps them to grow faster I would love to live in a world where this is the case, but in our world, it's actually worse for them than it is good. Don't do it!