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Forcing Cannabis to Flower

Posted by Celia Daly on May 26, 2016 7:31:10 AM

What causes cannabis plants to flower? Any successful cannabis cultivator must know the answer to this question in order to generate revenue from a crop. Alternatively, the reverse knowledge, how to prevent cannabis plants from flowering, must be used to keep a Mother plant in a perpetual veg state.

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Topics: Cannabis Basics, cannabis cultivation, featured, growing indoors, lighting

The Importance of Frequent Biosecurity Checks

Posted by Celia Daly on May 5, 2016 7:39:47 AM

The biosecurity of a cultivation facility is just as important as the physical security of the facility. The physical security includes measures such as locks, cameras, fences, lighting and more and is often, at least in part, required by law. Biosecurity includes measures such as air sanitation, dehumidification, cleaning procedures and more and is often not directly required, though can become an indirect requirement due to product testing and purity requirements.

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Topics: biosecurity, Cannabis Basics, cannabis cultvation, dehumidification, featured, powdery mildew, standard operating procedures

A 6/2 Light Schedule Could Increase Plant Growth

Posted by Celia Daly on Mar 10, 2016 7:45:18 AM

Many growers advocate the use of an 18/6 light schedule (18 hours on, 6 hours off) while plants are in Veg. However, this may not be the most beneficial light schedule. Switching to a series of 6/2 (6 hours on, 2 hours off)  light patterns may increase plant growth while also potentially creating a more stable controlled environment.

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Topics: biology, Cannabis Basics, cannabis cultivation, featured, lighting, plant growth

Avoid Nutrient Lock-Out with Nutrient Flushes

Posted by Celia Daly on Feb 18, 2016 7:46:50 AM

Nutrients are essential for plant growth, but they are expensive, making it important to get the most out of the ones you use.

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Topics: Cannabis Basics, cannabis growing, featured, nutrients

More Light Requires More Nutrients

Posted by Celia Daly on Feb 11, 2016 7:52:23 AM

Plants need four essential things to grow: light, water, carbon dioxide (from the air) and nutrients. Each of these things work together to promote vigorous growth and increase yield. The catalyst motivating everything is the amount of light a plant receives. Energy from light is captured by the plant and used to process the carbon, nutrients and water. When plants receive more light, they need more of the other three elements and when they receive less light, they need less of the other three elements as well.

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Topics: Cannabis Basics, featured, more light, nutrients, Surna reflector

Energy Efficient Equipment Can Aide in Application Selection

Posted by Celia Daly on Jan 14, 2016 7:12:46 AM

An increasing trend in cannabis licensing and applications is either for applicants to be required to list expected energy consumption (Oregon) or to award additional points to those planning to use energy efficient equipment (Illinois).

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cultivation equipment, energy efficient, featured, licensing

What to Expect When Applying for a Cannabis Business License

Posted by Celia Daly on Jan 7, 2016 7:24:06 AM

Your state has legalized either medical or recreational cannabis and it looks like a great business opportunity. One of the first hurdles that must first be completed before entering the legal cannabis industry is the application process. Each state has different rules regarding how licenses will be awarded - some are based on a lottery, some based on the highest scoring application, and other simply award a license to everyone who meets the minimum application requirements. Regardless of how your state decides to award licenses, there are a few things that have thus far been consistent across all states. Here are 7 things you can expect when applying for a cannabis business license.

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, featured, licensing

How to Start a Legal Cannabis Cultivation Facility

Posted by Celia Daly on Oct 29, 2015 7:30:38 AM

So your state recently passed legislation for legalizing cannabis or is about to open the application process? (Here's looking at you Maryland, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.) Whether medicinal marijuana or recreational cannabis, if you are thinking about applying for a license, there are a few important things to keep in mind, especially if you plan on cultivating.

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cultivation, featured, licensing

Kill Your Plants

Posted by Celia Daly on Sep 3, 2015 7:22:36 AM

When growing cannabis, it is important to closely monitor everything that is added to the plant, this includes the type of water used, how much of each nutrient is added and anything else you may introduce directly to the plant. In this post, we will focus on the importance of closely monitoring the nutrients added to a plant, but the same theory can be applied to anything else - remember, if not purified, water contains minerals and nutrients that may not be accounted for in your nutrient schedule and that could have drastic impacts.

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Topics: Cannabis Basics, cultivation, featured, growing, lighting, nutrients, what not to do

Male or Female: Sexing the Cannabis Plant

Posted by Celia Daly on Jul 9, 2015 7:23:06 AM

Many successful techniques can be used to propagate the Cannabis plant, each having it’s own benefits depending on the gardeners preference.  Regular seeds, feminized seeds, clone multiplication and tissue culture multiplication are all used to start a crop with each having its place depending on available resources and gardener knowledge/skill.

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Topics: Cannabis Basics, cultivation, featured, female, growing, male, sexing

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