Lucas Formula - A Hydro/Soil/Coco Feeding Strategy
Lucas Formula, sometimes known as the Lucas Ratio, is less complicated than it initially seems. It is nothing more than a basic recipe of nutrients to give your plants during both the vegetative, and the flowering state.
The original recipe uses 2 parts of the General Hydroponics 3-part FLORA series (Gro, Micro, Bloom) nutrient system, but Lucas Formula may also be used with Advanced Nutrients, GH's dry nutes (Maxibloom), etc.
Lucas Formula using General Hydroponics 3-Part System
General Hydroponics makes a 3-part system named the FLORA series. It consists of FLORA GROW, FLORA MICRO, and FLORA BLOOM. These are 3 bottles you buy, that you would normally use together throughout the entire grow. You may use it as per the instructions on the bottle, with excellent results, but...
Lucas figured out that FLORA MICRO contains enough nitrogen, and everything else that MICRO GRO contains, that you use it with FLORA BLOOM alone, saving you from having to buy FLORA GRO.
How do you use it? Simple. Add 8ml of Flora Micro (dark red stuff) to 1 gallon of water*, mix, and then add 16ml of Flora Bloom (pink stuff) into the water, and mix. Done - unless you're growing in coco. If so, see below.'
Lucas Formula using General Hydroponics Dry Nutrients (MaxiBloom)
MaxiBloom and MaxiGro are dry nutrient also from General Hydroponics. It turns out, Maxibloom, used in a ratio of 7 grams per gallon of water*, is very close to the original Lucas Formula (above.) You do not need MaxiGro, and so this is the cheapest and easiest recipe to use.
Add 7 grams of Maxibloom into 1 gallon of water*, and then adjust the pH, and stir vigorously to dissolve the Maxibloom in the water. I advise putting the 7g of Maxibloom into a cup of warm water, dissolving it, and then adding it to the remaining gallon of water, before pH adjusting and mixing again.
Lucas Formula using General Hydroponics FloraNova series
This is probably the easiest (but not cheapest - see MaxiBloom above) feeding plan available. If you're using General Hydroponics' FloraNova Bloom 1-part system, simply add 8ml of FloraNova per gallon of water* and feed.
Lucas Formula when growing in Coco Coir - Head's Formula
If you're growing in coco, you may need to adjust the Lucas formula slightly to compensate for a property of coco which may result in a calcium or magnesium deficiency. How? You may be able to get by simply by adding 1-2ml of calmag (or MagiCal+), or 1 gram of Epsom salt (any pharmacy carries this), per gallon of water, before feeding the plants.
There is a modified formula specifically for Coco that consists of using a different ratio: 6ml of Flora Micro, and 9ml of Flora Bloom, per gallon of water, along with 1 gram of Epsom salt per water.
Either works, but be sure to try Head's Formula if you're having deficiencies or other nute/pH problems.
Low light ratio, and flowering vs veg
Lucas Formula should be used in the same ratio throughout the grow. There is a misconception that one should use 5ml of Micro and 10ml of Bloom, when in veg, and switch to 8ml of Micro, and 16ml of Bloom, when flowering.
This was never stated by Lucas himself. He originally stated that the 0-5-10 ratio was for LOW LIGHT situations (fluorescent lighting like PL/L and CFLs, or HID lamps less than 400W), whereas 0-8-16 is for medium to high light (400W+)
* What type of water should I use? What about pH/ppm?
The original formula uses reverse osmosis, or RO, water, and is intended to be used without having to measure pH and ppm. Reverse Osmosis water makes this possible because it should, in theory, be the same for everyone. It is filtered water, which you can get either by buying a reverse osmosis filter system, or just buying bottled water (among other brands, Dasani, the bottled tap water is reverse osmosis, for example). One may also use dH2O (distilled water) with good results. You can get distilled water from most convenience stores (Walgreens, CSV, Rite-Aide, etc..)
Lucas Formula for seedlings/cuttings
For young plants (< 4 weeks old) or cuttings, which may not be able to handle a full strength feeding formula, may require that you dilute the nutrient solution before feeding. This is OK, just make sure you keep the correct ratio when mixing. For example, 50% strength would be 4ml Micro and 8ml Bloom, or 3.5g of dry Maxibloom per gallon.
Lucas Formula with tap water
You may use Lucas Formula with tap water successfully, but this may require pH adjusting on your part. Keep the pH close to 5.8.
Can I use additives with Lucas Formula?
You may. It is recommended that you do not introduce additives until your setup is dialed in. After you've ironed out any deficiencies and fully understand how your plant and strain likes to be fed, feel free to begin using additives (such as Floralicious) - not that the additives will help. For increased quality and yield, focus on good genetics, and ample light and temperature control, rather than trying to compensate for those with additives.
CANNABIS CULTURE – YouTube has been under scrutiny recently for a number of reasons. In response to advertisers complaints, they demonetized many channels with an Adpocalypse. Next, they implemented algorithms that affected organic reach. Then they started squeezing out content that isn’t ad friendly. All of these actions taken were reactive, but it is important that they step in to moderate. When a platform hosts and even promotes things like terrorism videos, and footage of a dead body, something must be done. Or must it?
Squeeze out the Terpenes
The purge also dramatically cut back on cannabis content that was floating out there. Educational and uplifting content from channels like US-based Leafly, Spanish channel Marihuana Television, and Canada’s Urbanremo got the boot, even Cannabis Culture’s own Pot TV was affected. Then it trickled down to channels with fewer followers. Channels and content are being kicked off the goliath viewing platform to this day, but there are still some rays of hope out there.
Seven Leafs in a Free World
1) Get with the Future: Green Flower Media
Max Simon – the man behind Green Flower Media
Max Simon started Green Flower Media(GFM) in 2015 with a mission to spread trusted cannabis content around the globe. Providing expert knowledge, information, and the truth about cannabis, GFM de-stigmatizes the plant by sharing how it changes lives. His videos on YouTube were behind a membership wall. As a result of suddenly being shut down by the behemoth, GFM made a portion of their ensuing internal platform free to the public.
“We don’t buy or sell the plant ever, and we don’t sell products and we don’t any way shape or form infringe upon local or federal law, we didn’t think that we would get shut down by YouTube because of producing education-based content. And so it’s been shocking and painful and feels like a level of discrimination and censorship that doesn’t totally translate when you look at the details. We’ve decided to step up to the plate around the video side to fill the void.”
GFM is already accepting content submissions from the general public, but anything aired must strictly align with their mission.
“I think YouTube just decided to make a policy about something that is kind of grey right now and since that’s the case, they’re not going to take any chances. I don’t think that they are trying to be vindictive to cannabis, I think that just like so many, they are uneducated. They are following the trendlines from the past and not following the trend lines of the present and future.”
2) She’s Positive Smash 420
Ashley has some positive cannabis smash for you
Ashley Positive Smashstarted her Washington State-based cannabis video content in 2016. A lonely stoner who found community in the audience she built online, at one point she was practically making a living off her YouTube monetization. “YouTube really brought a lot a joy to me! It was the social life that I didn’t have.”
Up until two weeks ago she was still bringing in the bills. Her channel just got shut down with 150,000 subscribers. Where’s her content hosted now? She has loyal subscribers who have followed her to Patreon and maintains regular content on Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.
“To me, the biggest thing we can do in our voices, with our social media, is say, you can’t stifle us. You can’t take away our voice. Just because you take away one platform doesn’t mean we are just going to take it.”
3) Chronic Crafting Sarah
Sarah Chronic Crafter has moved her content to TheWeedTube. Her craft started with Color Me Cannabis, a shop on Etsy where she sold her digital cannabis designs. She eventually self-published a full length coloring book which and sold it on Amazon, then started up a vlog on YouTube.
She claims YouTube lost the vision. After receiving the first strike on her video content, she had no problem with age-restricting her content going forward. Next she knew, her content and 4,000 subscribers were gone. Sarah is disappointed in the direction YouTube is headed.
“Instead of being a platform for anyone to share their content/lives it seems they only want ad-friendly and child-friendly content. If they can’t make money off your channel by placing ads on your videos, they don’t want it on there.”
4) Coral Reefer’s Stoney Sundays
When Coral’s adventuresome and spirited cannabis channel got pulled two weeks ago, she was both “shocked and simultaneously unsurprised. I lost 8 years of content and a connection to an audience that has watched me grow up from the time I turned 21. It’s been devastating, and motivating in it’s own way as well.”
Coral hosts a weekly Stoney Sundays program where she discusses anything regarding smoking up and staying high. Stoney Sundays must go on after YouTube, so she’s taken her video to Facebookfor now.
“I want to continue to focus on the mainstream social media networks as opposed to a cannabis specific route because I think we need to fight for our representation in mainstream society as cannabis is commercialized and popularized. Independent voices of patients and enthusiasts need to be a part of the conversation and we are being excluded when social networks enforce an anti-cannabis policy.”
5) Dominique Dabs and Diego Pellicer
Now Dominique dabs to non-cannabis content
Only one of Dominique Dabs’ and one of Diego Pellicer’s videos were kicked off YouTube. Lorenz Dallas, aka Dominique Dabs has a personal channel on YouTube and is the Marketing Manager for Diego Pellicer’s premium marijuana brand. His personal “How to Roll a Blunt” video got removed. From his company’s page, “The Top Selling Products of 420” was taken down. Luckily that was the worst of it for him.
“I’ve personally just shifted my direction and planned on doing so beforehand because cannabis is just not that mainstream – not mainstream enough to monetize without an excessive amount of work.”
Instead he normalizes cannabis by mixing it with entertainment and music. He’s looking into doing Twitch live streams in the future. Twitch is a video gaming platform that to which some cannabis content creators have made the switch.
6) Manuel Isiordia’s Recreational 420 Reviews
Manny went from being a “Youtuber” to it’s gone in one day. That day just happened to be his birthday. Attempting to be the most politically correct weed reviewer, he hasn’t found a new home where he can voice his thoughts.
He thinks YouTube is no longer a community. He sees it as an ad agency and sees himself as a component of the creative production – the creative team that just got fired.
“It used to be the place for the oddballs but if you don’t fit a certain mold you’re not welcome to this party. As to how I’ve adjusted, I haven’t really yet all the way. I’m hesitant to upload to Facebook now because of their rules. ”
6) Cannabis Culture’s Own Pot TV
Pot TV was founded in the year 2000, five years before YouTube, and was actually the first full online broadcasting network. For too long cannabis content had been rejected from the mainstream, and so creator Marc Emery started his own media network.
Managing Editor and Executive Producer Anil Sthankiya says Pot TV’s relationship with YouTube has been “tumultuous.” They’ve had a number of takedowns in the past. During a recent affront YouTube took away their ability to livestream. About a month ago they suspended Pot TV’s channel including everything they had on the platform – 22,000 videos. What’s unique about Pot TV’s story is that their channel was eventually reinstated.
“They didn’t do it for anybody else. My personal hunch is that they realized that for their own algorithm purposes what justified their existence is to link back to ours. We started years before them and they were scrubbing our content.”
Anil thinks that the YouTube crackdown has more to do with big advertisers than it does with safety, and that YouTube is on the wrong side of history.
“If I were in charge of YouTube, I would be promoting all sorts of things. It would be better for their business model as a whole if they were more socially active and socially conscious. It would do a lot for them.”
Discriminated and Filtered in a Free World
Here’s what happens when a company like YouTube makes the people behind it feel discriminated against and unwelcome. This is America – they shoot up the place. That YouTube employee who opened fire in her office was an irate creative. She trusted a company that not only demonetized her personal video expression, but probably demoralized her in the workplace as well. Sad, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, the red carpet that has mostly been rolled up from under our feet is the story of yet another company that is sacrificing the small for the big, the powerful, and the profit. If Youtube doesn’t want to be the vehicle for spreading knowledge and understanding of the healing nature of weed, that won’t stop us cannabis connoisseurs. In our fight for cannabis normalization, we have become agile. Whatever it takes, we will build it ourselves.
Is this the end of YouTube’s free reign and claim? A goliath in the mainstream world of video, could any other platform ever come close? Where does the free, independent media go from here? I suggest you choose your own adventure.