High-quality synthetic and organic base nutrients provide the basic nutritional elements plants need for basic growth and metabolism. But there are many organic materials that provide more than just nutrients elements. These materials create healthier cannabis plants, faster growth, tastier, heavier buds, and more cannabinoids and terpenoids.
These crop-boosting materials come from sea and land plants, as well as the earth’s crust. If you tried to source and use them all individually in your marijuana grow op, it’d be prohibitively difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. And even if you were able to procure these compounds yourself, you’d have a hard time correctly feeding them to your plants.
This is why I was delighted to discover an organic supplement called Nirvana. When I first heard about it from other growers, Nirvana was described as a bloom booster. And while it’s true that Nirvana increases the size, crystal, fragrance and potency of marijuana buds, that’s far from the whole story about all the good things Nirvana can do for your cannabis plants.
As I discovered by contacting Nirvana’s manufacturer and by doing research into its ingredients, you can use Nirvana on marijuana seeds, seedlings, clones, grow phase plants and bloom phase plants. You can use it as a root feed and a foliar feed. This is a rare product that offers plant stimulation and enrichment during all phases of growth.
First, let’s look at Nirvana’s impressive menu of ingredients:
- Alfalfa Meal
- Bat guano
- Krill meal
- Humic acid
- Fulvic acid
- Seaweed meal (including Ascophyllum)
- Soy protein (enzymatically hydrolyzed)
- Yeast extract
- Yucca and Chilean Soap Bark extracts
- Proprietary Co-Factors that increase production of THC, CBD, and terpenoids
Perhaps you already know about the plant-enriching power of some of these ingredients, but let’s go into more detail now…
Alfalfa Meal Stimulates Metabolism, Growth & Yield
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a quick-growing, highly stress-tolerant plant that contains many minerals and other plant enhancers, most notably a growth-stimulating compound called triacontanol (TRIA).
TRIA is an all-around tonic that increases growth rate, bud weight, and potency. TRIA helps your plants absorb more carbon dioxide (C02), which increases plant metabolic processes and harvest yield. Tests conducted by Advanced Nutrients, the company that makes Nirvana, shows that TRIA can double the amount of C02 plants absorb.
CO2 fixation is part of photosynthesis, the life-giving pathway plants use to harness light energy and build tissue. TRIA directly increases the activity of enzymes involved in photosynthesis and growth, such as RUBISCO, PEPCase, ATPase, NADH-oxidase, and malate dehydrogenase.
RUBISCO is the most abundant protein on earth and is directly responsible for the fixation of CO2 gas inside plant cells. Carbon fixation occurs when plants take in CO2 gas from the air, change its molecular structure, and store it inside cells. Some plants also fix CO2 using PEPCase, but this enzyme works in a different part of the cell and performs well in the presence of oxygen, while RUBISCO does not.
ATPases break down ATP (adenosine triphosphate, a compound that stores energy in cells), and this releases energy for use by the cell. NADH-oxidase and malate dehydrogenase are also important to energy flow in the cell. NADH-oxidase regenerates NAD from NADH. NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is an important cellular co-enzyme and is similar to ATP in that it provides energy for cellular reactions.
Malate dehydrogenase is an enzyme that uses energy from NAD to convert the sugar malate to another sugar called oxaloacetate. This is a crucial step in the citric acid cycle, which is a very important metabolic pathway involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into usable energy and precursors for many compounds. Nirvana stimulates many enzymes in this pathway.
With TRIA stimulating these enzymes, plant cells produce more energy and materials. TRIA also helps relay intracellular messages and brings more supplies into the cell so your marijuana plants maximize their growth potential.
In marijuana gardens with inferior nutrients, if plants have genetic issues, or are under stress from environment, pests, and diseases, photosynthesis slows down because CO2 isn’t being maximally taken in and utilized by RUBISCO or PEPCase. This means less energy and fewer materials are produced and your plants and buds are stunted.
Nirvana counters these problems, helping your plants do better under less than ideal conditions by promoting optimal photosynthesis. Especially if you’re adding C02 to your grow room air, definitely use Nirvana to take full advantage of the added C02.
AZOMITE: The Mineral Miracle
AZOMITE is an OMRI-listed organic natural mineral substance mined in Utah from an ancient deposit left by a volcanic eruption that filled a small seabed an estimated 30 million years ago. The name is an acronym that stands for “A to Z Of Minerals Including Trace Elements.”
AZOMITE is a complex silica ore (hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate) that contains the nutrients-rich residue of seawater that was fed by hundreds of rivers rich in minerals. It also contains rare minerals present only in volcanic ash.
AZOMITE’s mineral menu includes calcium oxide, carbon, iron, hydrogen, silica, gold, magnesium, nitrogen, sulfur, magnesium oxide, antimony, chromium, cobalt, boron, molybdenum, copper, phosphorus pentoxide, manganese, indium, silver, zinc and dozens of other elements.
Research shows that AZOMITE mineralizes root zones by adding trace elements that aren’t always present in even the finest fertilizers. It helps your marijuana plants grow stronger and faster, with larger buds and more cannabinoids and terpenoids. It also provides nutrition for beneficial soil microbes.
Bat Guano: Sweet Poop
When bats poop, guano is the result. Bats primarily eat insects, and insects are a rich source of chitin, which is an immune-boosting, cellular-strengthening compound. Chitin stimulates immune response so your plants have more resilience when fighting off attackers including aphids, thrips, spider mites, broad mites, powdery mildew, and gray mold. Bat guano is also a quality source of amino acids, nucleic acids, proteins and minerals, and is superior to seabird guano that you see in other manufacturer’s gardening products.
Bat guano comes in two general categories: high-nitrogen and high-phosphorus. The scientists who designed Nirvana sourced both types and carefully refined and configured them in the proper ratios to ensure Nirvana can be used in grow phase and bloom phase without creating an excess of nitrogen or phosphorus that interferes with proper N-P-K ratios.
Krill Meal Helps Marijuana Plants Resist Attack
Krill are tiny aquatic organisms and one of the ocean’s most important food chain components. A primary part of their protective outer shell (exoskeleton) is a compound known as chitin, which is also a major part of insect exoskeletons and the cell walls of fungi.
Best seen when you use Nirvana as a foliar spray, its chitin triggers systemic resistance to pathogens and pests. It works in a way similar to vaccination, in which a small, safe amount of a dangerous organism helps a host prepare and defend itself against future exposure to the complete pathogen.
Chitin brings about systemic resistance by stimulating the plant to produce chitinase enzymes and store them in the spaces between cells. These enzymes break down chitin and help the plant digest and destroy invading insects and fungi. Chitin is just one of many immune-boosting compounds in Nirvana.
Humic and Fulvic Acids: Natural Chelates
Quality humic acid is extracted from a rare vein of a rich ore called leonardite, and acts as a natural chelator that facilitates entry of Nirvana’s nutrients into plant cells via root feeding and foliar feeding.
Fulvic acid is another type of humate. It’s derived from humic acid and has a different molecular weight than humic acid, enabling it to offer a different set of chelation benefits that stabilize Nirvana’s nutritional ingredients and transfer them into plants.
Another benefit of fulvic acid is that it “quarantines” some dangerous compounds and inactivates them so they can’t harm your plants.
Seaweed Meal Increases Bud Size
Nirvana’s special seaweed extract blend is derived from the algae Ascophyllum nodosum and a special blend of kelp extracts that include auxins that increase flower size. A wide range of beneficial effects have been reported from the use of liquid seaweed extracts, including increased yields, resistance to frost, extreme heat, and stress conditions such as drought, and increased longevity of cannabinoids and terpenoids in stored buds and cannabis concentrates made from plants fed Nirvana.
Nirvana’s manufacturer has put liquid extract from Ascophyllum nodosum and kelp into Nirvana. The extract contains naturally-occurring cytokinins, betaines, and nutrients that increase growth rate, resilience, and leaf health in marijuana plants.
Ascophyllum’s betaines function as osmoprotectants that mitigate damage caused by overfertilizing, bad root zone pH, and bad water. Further, the seaweed meal’s auxins increase the rate and onset of bud development, accelerating bloom phase and saving you some time because you can harvest earlier and run more crop cycles per year.
Yeast Extract for B Vitamins
Yeast is used in many nutritional supplements for plants and humans, in part because it’s a rich source of all 22 essential L-amino acids as well as proteins, minerals, and B vitamins.
Yeast extract in Nirvana is especially useful as a source of vitamins B1 and B6. B1 is an important component of cellular biosynthesis reactions. B6 is needed to form amino acid and carbohydrates. It is also a powerful defense to stress caused by intense light, drought, and pollution.
Many marijuana plants have vitamin B deficiencies. Plants with B6 deficiencies are smaller, yellowed, more sensitive to stress, and do not produce energy well. The yeast extract in Nirvana provides B vitamins so you marijuana plants are bigger and healthier than they normally would be.
Enzymatically Hydrolyzed Soy Protein Amino Acids
Soy protein is a rich source of the 22 essential L-amino acids required to build cellular proteins. It also supplies carbohydrates, lipids and small proteins for easy synthesis of more complex compounds
The Nirvana manufacturer told me the soybean protein they use is hydrolyzed using enzymes. Other soy protein is hydrolyzed by the use of acids or other harsh materials.
Enzyme hydrolyzation is superior because it ensures that essential amino acids cysteine and tryptophan aren’t degraded and that all amino acids are made soluble in the bioactive L form. In contrast, acid hydrolysis process used by other hydroponics manufacturers destroys tryptophan and cysteine and converts many amino acids into their bio-inactive D form.
Yucca & Chilean Soap Bark Extracts = Surfactants
Yucca extract is one of two natural surfactants in Nirvana. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of water, increasing the liquid’s ability to enter leaves and roots, thus helping Nirvana’s ingredients penetrate faster and further into your marijuana plants. In addition, yucca extract increases membrane permeability to facilitate increased internal transfer of nutrients and stronger plant metabolism.
Chilean soap bark (Quillaja saponaria) extract is Nirvana’s other natural surfactant. Like yucca, it also increases nutrient mobility and membrane permeability, which helps Nirvana’s plant-enhancing materials get where they’re most needed and be quickly absorbed. Research shows that Chilean soap bark promotes plant resistance to pathogens and fights viral infection in animal cells.
Yucca and Chilean soap bark are potent, natural, safe surfactants that break the surface tension barrier and make Nirvana useful as a foliar spray and surfactant adjunct to create complex foliar feed programs.
Other hydroponics companies use cheap, inferior detergent and ionic surfactants that harm your plants, beneficial root zone microbes, and the environment. Nirvana’s surfactants are organic, safe and far more effective.
Here’s How You Use Nirvana
It’s obvious that Nirvana contains a more comprehensive, higher-quality set of plant-boosting ingredients than any other supplement in the marijuana gardening marketplace.
As I’ve used Nirvana, I’ve seen increased plant health, bud size, bud quality, and harvest value. I’ve also appreciated this carefully filtered product’s usefulness as a foliar spray and root feed, even in aeroponics, deep water culture, and other hydroponics systems where organic supplements often cause clogging and other problems.
Here are specifics about how to use Nirvana:
- Pre-soak for rockwool cubes, peat pots, root shooters and other media that you’ll use for germinating seeds or rooting clones. I mix ½ ml per liter of reverse osmosis water, do a pH adjust, and soak the materials before placing seeds or cuttings into them.
- Foliar spray. Nirvana contains surfactants that make it a great foliar spray by itself, and a base for combination foliar sprays. I use ½ ml per liter or Nirvana in reverse osmosis water, pH-adjusted, as a foliar spray 1-3 times a week on cuttings and seedlings until they’re two weeks old. Then I increase to 1 ml per liter of Nirvana as a pH-adjusted foliar spray throughout grow phase and into the third week of bloom phase.
Note that you want your foliar spray at 5.7 pH. Don’t exceed 230 parts per million. Foliar spray a half hour to an hour before lights come on (or before the sun comes up) to give the spray a chance to absorb into the plants before light dries it and bakes it onto the leaves. Don’t foliar spray after your buds are in peak bloom, because compounds will store in the buds and resin glands, affecting the taste and safety of your product.
- Root Feed: I apply Nirvana from start to finish of my crop cycles. Starting at week two for seedlings and clones, I add Nirvana at ½ ml per liter every other feeding. At week three in grow phase, I increase that to 1 ml per liter every other feeding and continue this schedule and dosage through week three of bloom phase. Starting in week three of bloom phase, I use 2 ml per liter every other feeding until it’s time for flushing crops before harvest.
As I did the research to write this article, I went to several hydroponics stores and gardening shops to see if I could find any product that contained the vast array of beneficial compounds contained in Nirvana. I also looked to see if it would be possible and worthwhile to buy Nirvana’s ingredients separately and add them into a marijuana fertilizer program.
I couldn’t even find some of Nirvana’s ingredients as separate products, nor could I find any hydroponics store or gardening supplement that came remotely close to matching Nirvana’s quality, ingredients, or effectiveness.
One of several reasons I’m so sure Nirvana works is exemplified by what I saw when I was growing 16 outdoor marijuana plants of the same strain in a place where gray mold almost always appears in bloom phase due to high humidity.
Normally, I don’t spray anything on my buds after the third week of bloom phase, but I’d been told that Nirvana repels molds, mildews and fungi, so I sprayed 12 of the plants with Nirvana but omitted spraying the other four. I wanted to see if Nirvana really does make a difference.
The four that weren’t sprayed developed gray mold on stems and in some buds even before humidity went to 70-85%. The 12 plants that were sprayed were free of mold. I removed moldy plant parts from the four affected plants, and sprayed all 16 with Nirvana into the sixth week of bloom phase, making sure to foliar spray only on the hottest days when I knew the sun would quickly evaporate foliar moisture so as not to add to gray mold risk.
Nirvana’s gray mold repellant effects continued throughout bloom phase until I lightly misted the buds with pure water a week before harvest to wash away the Nirvana residues so they wouldn’t be on the buds when I consumed them.
After I spray-washed the Nirvana off the buds, small patches of gray mold began to appear on the plants that had been formerly protected by Nirvana, and I knew it was time to harvest before I lost my crop to mold.
I took this incident as proof positive that Nirvana’s chitin and other compounds do indeed protect plants from attackers. And I’ve done other controlled experiment tests that showed Nirvana’s effectiveness. This included measuring the growth rate and height of plants treated with Nirvana versus those that weren’t.
What you can totally count on is that organic soil gardens, or hydroponics growing using deep water culture, aeroponics, soilless mix, coco coir, rockwool and other systems, indoors and outdoors, as a root feed and foliar spray, Nirvana makes my plants healthier, more resistant to pests and diseases, faster-growing, and earlier-blooming and maturing. Bud size and production of cannabinoids and terpenoids are visibly increased.
Here’s the most important fact for you to remember: use Nirvana now and you’ll get way more value from your marijuana plants.