AUGUST 3, 2018
10 Things You’ll Wish You’d Known Before Trying to Grow Weed
At Solaris, we’ve spent thousands of hours researching and developing the best ways to grow pharmaceutical-grade cannabis to ensure that our customers have access to only the finest flower. Unlock the secrets of a happy harvest with Solaris Farms by brushing up on your cannabis cultivation knowledge.
Back to basics: what do you know about Cannabis’ life cycle?
From lighting needs and nutrient requirements, there are a number of must-know cannabis facts every curious cannabis cultivar needs to master before attempting their first crop. Though this list is by no means exhaustive, it should give you a sense of where to start.
Cannabis belongs to a genus that can be either female, male, or hermaphrodite.
- In nature, male plants pollinate female flowers (or buds) to create new seeds.
- Many growers keep their females plants un-pollinated to produce buds with higher cannabinoid content.
Cannabis can be grown indoors, outdoor, and, of course, in cannabis greenhouses.
The three main varieties of cannabis- indica, sativa, and ruderalis- vary in morphology and effects:
- Indicas and sativas are photoperiod plants, which means that they flower based on how much light they receive and for how long.
- Alternately, Ruderalis plants flower based on age, regardless of changes to the light cycles they may be exposed to.
Three main phases of the cannabis life cycle include: seedling, vegetative, and flowering.
Cannabis plants grow annually in nature and typically begin their life cycle in the spring and early summer
The length of a cannabis plant’s life cycle in nature and can vary greatly (between 4-10 months) depending on its environment and genetics.
Are you powered up enough for your crop to bloom?
No matter the size of your grow, it’s crucial to retain as much control of your grow environment as possible.
Cannabis plants typically need light 12 to 18 hours per day, which not only requires specific grow lights, but a significant amount of energy as well.
As most licensees in Nevada and other state sanctioned cannabis markets have figured out, growing weed costs money. And, cultivating craft cannabis flower requires a serious investment in equipment to get you started.
In addition to pots, soil, and other basic cannabis cultivation accessories, most growers also need at a minimum:
- Grow Tent
- Grow lights
- A ventilation system or ventilator
- pH meter
- Air filter
- Light reflectors
What do you know about different grow methods?
While picking a grow medium is typically a matter of preference, most beginning growers cut their teeth on soil-based methods that are simpler and require less expertise. Alternately, there are a number of hydroponic cultivation methods that growers use and experiment with as they develop the craft of their cannabis cultivation operation.
Mediums for growing cannabis include:
- Coco Coir
- Misted Air
Save time, money, and energy with the right greenhouse design
From protecting against harmful environmental factors, to a leaner, greener thumbprint, there are a number of reasons experiences growers are taking advantage of developments in cannabis greenhouse technology.
Do You Know Where You Can Grow Cannabis in Nevada?
While personal grows aren’t an option in the Silver State, cannabis growers in Nevada are stepping up to deliver high quality flower and products that consumers can trust. As one of the oldest and largest vertically integrated collective of licensees in the state, Solaris is growing the flower of tomorrow, today. Learn more by connecting with our executive team.