Some of them are specialty items that need to be found in a hydro store or bought online, but there are also ingredients you may have around the home that can also increase sweetness. When it comes to nutrients and supplements, you have several choices that can help improve the overall scent of your buds. In fact, many products have been formulated specifically to increase and enhance the smell of cannabis buds.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind when it comes to nutrients and supplements… Sugar Based Supplements. Many sugar or carbohydrate-based supplements claim to improve the smell/taste/sweetness of buds. A cheap alternative to expensive sugar-based bloom boosting supplements is blackstrap molasses. Giving this to your plants for the last few weeks before harvest can help them get bigger and smell/taste better. It’s not specially made for plants; it’s the regular stuff you’ll find in your kitchen or at the grocery store). Blackstrap molasses adds sugars, amino acids and trace minerals. Unfortunately for hydro growers, anything organic like molasses is not suitable for a hydroponic reservoir! But molasses works great for soil and coco growers 🙂 For the last 2-3 weeks before harvest, give 1 tsp of Blackstrap Molasses per gallon when watering (for soil or coco coir) Improve or Enhance Natural Bloom Processes.
This group of supplements contains ingredients that are meant to help the plant do its job better. In addition to carbohydrates or sugar, these types of supplements also contain extracts from plant, marine, and mineral sources, as well as things like vitamins, amino acids, polyflavonoids, etc. The jury is still out and which is the most effective supplement, but some of the most popular cannabis supplements based on this type of formula include… Note: These are only for soil or coco coir! (Since these supplements contain a lot of organic materials like guano and fishmeal, they are not suitable to hydroponic reservoirs) Supplements that “add” a smell to buds. I’m really intrigued by Botanicare’s Sweet Carbo line. According to Botanicare: The natural esters in Sweet are easily absorbed by the plant, but are not broken down further once deposited within the plant tissue. This means that as new flowers develop they will contain small amounts of these natural esters which contribute to the overall flavor and aroma of the finished product. They offer flavors such as grape, citrus, berry, and “raw” (which is just a generally sweet smell). These should be used throughout the flowering stage to help build smell/flavor in the buds as they mature. However, since these contain a small but significant amount of magnesium, they should not be used while flushing during last 2-3 weeks before harvest. At this point, the smells have already been deposited into the buds. Another cool thing about these supplements is they contain amino acids and some other enhancers, so it’s kind of like getting a lot of different products at once. Other growers who’ve tried the “raw” version have said they can definitely notice an increase in the amount of “sweet” smell in their buds, and it’s made me jealous. For my next grow I plan to use one of these Sweet products as my primary supplement for the flowering stage. I’ll report back whether they make as big a difference as they say 🙂 All these supplements have been developed specifically for enhancing plants like cannabis! The more types of supplements you use, the bigger the chance you might end up burning or causing a nutrient lockout problem with your plants. If possible, always try to use all supplements and nutrients from the same nutrient company. This lessens the chance of unwanted interactions since the whole line is designed to work together. When in doubt, go for an established nutrient company that has been around for years over one that has just appeared recently! Always “flush” your buds before harvest if you’ve been using liquid or powder nutrients during the flowering stage. The idea behind flushing before harvest is to give the plants some amount of time without any added nutrients in the days or weeks leading up to harvest. This allows the plant to “use up” all the extra nutrients in both the soil and within the plant itself. This can help prevent a “chemical” or “minty” taste to buds! 4.) Don’t Let Grow Space Get Hot After Buds Have Formed! Don’t let the temperature get over 75-80°F in the flowering stage and keep the temperature under 75°F during the drying process to prevent your plants from losing smell due to heat!
After waiting months to harvest your cannabis, it can be easy to skip the last step of preparing your buds after harvest, known as the “dry” and “cure” processes. The drying/curing process has a huge effect on the final taste, smell and overall smoothness of your cannabis buds! The main idea is to dry buds slowly after harvest, and then keep them stored in jars for 2-4 weeks.
This triggers natural processes that dramatically increase the overall smell and taste of your buds, and also makes buds actually feel more potent! 6.) Keep Plants Healthy Throughout the Flowering Stage! I know it can be lame to hear that something as simple as keeping your plant healthy will make a positive difference in your results. But it’s important to understand what is happening week by week during the flowering stage so you can spot problems and fix them before they affect your harvest! The main goal is to keep your plant green and healthy throughout most of the flowering stage.