Flowering Booster

iamgrowermanNovember 21, 2008

Now I imagine that the title of this thread has most of you guys thinking in the same direction. The term "flowering booster" sees a lot more use in a particular type of hydroponics (the clandestine type) than anything else.

I don't really want to talk about that. But since that particular section of the field has brought us some pretty creative innovations, I wanted to discuss it in terms of the more honest growing. Do flowering boosters have a place in your garden and if so, in what way?

A lot of comparisons are drawn between that certain plant and tomatoes. They have a lot in common in terms of what they need to grow. So I'm wondering just how far that goes. I was thinking about an experiment to see if there would be a noticeable difference in results of two otherwise identical tomato plants, one with a quality "flowering booster" and one without. But then I realized I'm probably not the only guy to ask himself this question so I wanted to open it up to everyone here to see what they think before I go and spend a bunch of time on an experiment that might just be a waste.

So let's hear it. Do those commercial flowering boosters work for the legal stuff?

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freemangreens(Zone 10 CA)

I have tried MOAB (Mother Of All Blooms) and threw up a post about it several months ago.

It is a crystalline, almost powder sort of stuff resembling granulated sugar. All you do is add it the water, which is exactly what I did.

I was growing cherry tomatoes in an aeroponic grower and after adding the MOAB, it really did go to town and bloomed like crazy, but cherry tomatoes do that sort of thing anyway, so I can't really say it was the MOAB that did the trick.

You'd almost have to a double-blind study, meaning you'd have to grow several of the same cultivar, each seeded at the same time and grown in a like manner up until the time of adding the 'flower booster', then sit back an watch the results.

That's not much more than you already know, but I just thought someone else on the board might have heard of or used MOAB in their garden and was in hopes this thread might spark up some memory.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2008 at 9:34PM
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I've used some of the commercial bloom boosters on tomatoes before, I think they make a definite difference.

I don't know about all of them, but the ones I used were made by Advanced Nutrients and my plants seemed to do a lot better than usual. I haven't done a side-by-side test or anything, but that's my 2 cents anyway.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 11:05PM
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