GLB All Natural
GLB Brix57 is made from non-GMO all-natural plant extracts of Fructose and Glucose, which is considered half-organic. It is NOT made of sugarcane or sugar beets. Growers see the higher quality and greasy resin content with lower application rates, either 1 mL daily or 2 mL every other day. There are no added nutrients, everything comes from plant extracts, and the salts and heavy metals are removed as well. We believe it is the cleanest, most available, highest quality carbohydrate product in the industry and is truly made as a microbial food source. It has a higher availability and efficiency than using molasses carbohydrates. Molasses is a by-product of the sugar industry, and the crystals left in unsulfured molasses, which are naked to the eye, must first be broken down before being consumed by microorganisms.
Alone it still is the highest quality carbohydrate, when used with our Enhance MC Microbial and GLB Micro DS micronutrient, you will see resin and trichomes at a much higher consistency than molasses, with the lowest application rates. Our complete GreasPack #1 is only 1.35 mL per gallon hydro/daily or 2.70 mL per gallon if used every other day. There is not another carbohydrate-based product on the market that gives the same quality at 1.35 mL daily. At the end of the day, what does it cost for each product growers use? 1 or 2 mL of GLB Brix57 with higher quality compared to 5-10+ mL of molasses or molasses-based products?
The picture above on the left shows guttation. Guttation is when water/carbohydrates/xylem sap is expressed out of the leaves. In our case it has always had a honey-looking quality, sticky to the touch and sweet to the taste. When used at above 1.25 mL Daily per gallon, or 2.5 mL Every Other Day, we see this occur more often. Our application rates are based on not pushing to the limits.
The higher the quality of base nutrients a grower uses with Brix57, the sooner growers will see this reaction. It doesn't hurt the plant, but it is the plant signaling it cannot exude any additional carbohydrates into the rootzone or express through any other means, so the plant will push out of its stomata. Many say it has no negative effect, but we have also heard too much, and you hear a sizzle when smoking it. If techincally, it can cook like sugar, it is carmalizing your flower. So we try to give rates that will bring you up to the maximum without going over. Some growers in hydroponics, using high-quality base nutrients with other organic amendments, found they only use as little as 0.5 mL per gallon of water as 1 mL will cause the guttation.
All pictures have been taken by the growers or representatives of GLB. Yes, we understand some are not perfect, but viewers can get the gist of what we are trying to express. Some have flash, and some may not, the point is not that we are trying to manipulate the pictures but that the actual growers have stated that their flowers had more resin and quality with the products than without. As mentioned in other parts of this site, our products can only take the plant as close as possible to the genetics potential of the plant in the environment it is set in. Brix57 will raise the quality above other carbohydrate products at less cost per gallon, but it cannot give the plant something that is not within its own genetics. The better the genetics and grower, the higher the quality.
Application Rates Per Gallon
Day 1 or Day 15 flower through Flush
1 mL Hydro/Reservoir/Daily
2 mL Every Other Day
Compost Tea (Make your normal tea recipe and only add 2 mL Brix57 just prior to application. If you want to use Brix57 in place of molasses at the start of the tea use 0.25 mL per gallon or 1/4 teaspoon per 5 gallons)
The application rates equate to 7 mL per WEEK unless it's a once-a-week tea, meaning if you have a reservoir and feed daily, it would be 1 mL per gallon, if you feed every other day 2 mL, but too much at any one application can overload the plant. We can’t put in 4+ mL of Brix57 consistently as it will expand the microbial community too fast.
We only recommend 1-2 mL per gallon depending on the feed schedule as we still get better results than our competition from hydroponic recirculating Deep Water Culture systems up to the richest of super soils. We do have many growers that push higher near the end and even through the cycle, but it is grower and environment specific. If a grower was to push higher, we would not recommend going over 1.25 mL Daily or 2.5 mL Every Other Day to start until the last few days and if they flush. Many that have tried have come back down to the level but it's all relative to the quality of nutrients the plant is getting. Some growers have found they can raise it up to higher amounts per gallon but as environment, genetics, and all other inputs can affect how carbohydrates react with microbes, there is a point where you can have too much sugar in a plant. If growers decide to raise the amounts above the recommended dosages, we recommend gradually raise to see how your plants react in your environment.
**High Humidity or Outdoor Use Note**
If growers cannot control, their humidity or are growing outdoors, we recommend a significant reduction of application rates from 2 mL per gallon to .5-1 mL Every Other Day due to the accumulated resin can cause too much consistent moisture creating bud rot near the end of flower. Even in New Mexico and Colorado where there is very low humidity, too much Brix57 can cause too much resin so doses may need to be cut by 50-75% of the normal dosage or used earlier in flower and then cut out until the last two weeks outdoors. We are not stating the growers cannot try but we have seen time after time that 1-3 mL per week works better than the normal 7 mL per week.
Many Organic Growers only feed or top dress when they think there is a deficiency, but the deficiency has already started in the plant prior to a grower seeing it. A reaction to the Brix57 is that the biological community ramps up to such a high level that more bacteria and fungi are created at a higher rate and last a longer period. The plant reaction is that additional nitrogen is needed to create the protein-based biology as well as nitrogen as a food source. Both functions can create a rather fast nitrogen deficiency in plants. They can lime out rather quickly, so we do recommend when feeding Brix57 at least in the beginning add some fish or other nitrogen source at least on the first few feedings to compensate. If the plants stay green, then they can be cut out but it's easier to deal with a little extra nitrogen in week 3 flower than plants that are seriously deficient in Nitrogen and trying to play catch up.
When to Use Carbohydrates on Cannabis
Day 1 or Day 15 Flower? Determine what is best for the grower
Let's talk about when should you be adding your carbohydrates and what makes the most sense for the grower, genetics, and their environment. For newer growers, there are a lot of products that don't tell you everything in them but be aware when any carbohydrates are in a product, including any you use in the veg phase. They can lead to additional excessive internodal stretching and Brix57 can cause it when it happens to an even larger degree. Before we get started, we believe that you should use Brix57 from Day 1 for a number of reasons, but it just always doesn't make sense. We also believe that using Brix57 from Day 15 will still give better results than using a molasses-based product from Day 1 so some of our craft commercial growers wait till Day 15.
There are reasons to start using Brix57 or for that matter any sugar on either Day 1 or Day 15 of the flower cycle. There are also caveats as well as it can be strain-specific, some strains are so stacked growers want that additional stretch as the nodes are too close. Enhance MC microbial when used on mother plants, propagation, and/or in veg will stack nodes closer so there are ways to create stacking without the use of any type of PGRs.
Note about PGRs - Kelp is considered an organic PGR and we use it in our products, but Synthetic Plant Growth Regulators can keep plants shorter, and stacked, which can help add more weight, but they lose some secondary metabolite quality, and it is noticeable. Our company does not believe in using anything that reduces the quality of the plant, but there are a number of commercial growers that are about yield, not quality. Our products are made for end users... understand what you are putting in your plants.
Back to when to apply. A few questions will determine when to start using Brix57 or any carbohydrate.
Carbohydrates in Veg and in Propagation Products - There are a lot of propagation products for cloning that add molasses. As they seem to work well, the grower not looking at the label keeps using it into the veg phase. Especially new growers not noticing the spaced nodes and thinking it just looks great and growing big. We understand the premise of expanding microbes in cloning but it's not necessary, and if you really want to use some, use once at the beginning of cloning, but we believe it really is not necessary to use through veg. In the long run, unless there is a reason you want a lot of stretch in veg, be aware that sugars are at least one major cause of your stretch. Check your labels...
How to decide on either Day 1 or Day 15 carbohydrate application.
Just because a Feed Chart from a Nutrient Line says Day 1, is that the best for your room and genetics. And Yes, the Best possible quality is starting on day 1.....However
Answer the questions below and find out for yourself.
1) What is the purpose of your flower, is it for medicine or bag appeal?
Day 1- It's all preference, but if this is for your own medicine or hash, we recommend using Brix57 Day 1 of flower as there will be additional internodal stretching but it allows more light to directly hit each bud from all sides, in many cases giving a little bit higher quality over the flowering cycle and it will have 2 additional weeks of carbohydrates.
Day 15- Bag Appeal-If this is for commercial use or you just do not have the room in your grow area for stretch, shorter plants that stack properly create much bigger looking buds. We cannot say you will get more money as there are still the same amount of nodes but as they are closer and fill in, larger bud bag appeal can play a part, though really shouldn't. We are not talking about biomass factory smalls either, just not larger buds.
2) Is Instagram/Pride a factor and do you want it to look like bigger buds?
Day 15 - We all like compliments on our pictures, if you just would like a more aesthetically pleasing looking plant and picture ready, you are not losing a huge amount of quality by waiting till day 15, but there is a difference. If it’s for recreational, and not truly medicinal, you can wait until day 15. As a note, GLB Brix Day 15 flower is still of higher quality than the molasses-based day 1. It's worth the comparison.
3) What is your environment, is it Outdoor, Green House, humid, wet, and/or cannot control it?
Day 1 - if the environment is not consistent, at least hit with Brix57 1 time at the beginning of flower then wait till day 15 and beyond so it doesn't stretch too much if that is an issue. However, if it’s going to be a huge issue run Brix57 consistently from day 1 if you can stake up plants. More internodal spacing allows more airflow between nodes. More airflow allows buds to dry out faster especially in wet and humid environments. Morning Dew or condensation in greenhouses that drips on plants will create bud rot. The more resin Brix57 makes, the tougher it is to not get bud rot everywhere. We recommend reduced application through the cycle if humidity issues and/or waiting till the end if it's a big issue. It will be a learning process.
4) Have you run these genetics before or know if they don't stretch normally?
Day 15- if you do not know your genetics, and most are always trying new genetics unless there is a reason above to start Day 1 wait till day 15. If you want to test, test adding to one plant to see its reaction, but if you do not like it at least it was only one plant.
*This Day 1 or 15 part is not for growers that understand their genetics, know their lights, and can keep pretty much all strains short, it's for the growers that are not sure what to do, we get it there is more we could say but it's just a helpful guide for newer growers.
Brix57 during Flush or last 4-10 days of flower
Note- all application rates are general guidelines and growers must look and assess their plants to adjust application rates to lighter doses if they see issues or if the plants are already so faded that additional sugar will pull too much out of the plant.
Look for an article on Flushing but a quick overview in relation to Brix57. Our sugar is effective, but with higher doses it can create excessive microorganisms which then will want to feed so if there are not enough nutrients your plant can fade very fast.
In the field we find that it takes about 4 days to visibly see once adding Brix57 to fully make its way though the entire plant and create the highest quality trichomes. We use outdoors as a barometer as we only feed 1 time a week for trials so we can see the life of a product and how long to get the largest effect.
We are not saying it takes that long indoors but we use it as a gauge. Also we will feed Brix57 until the day before harvest as it will keep the microorganisms at a very high rate pushing the plant to use up additional nutrients from the leaves.
Super Soils -7-10 days to harvest
Instead of 2 mL ever other day it would be bumped to 3 mLs and the last 3-4 days shorten the watering so it dries out daily and give the plant 2 mL daily the last 4 days.
Check out Brix57 vs Molasses for more information!
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