We serve a lot of patients that grow their own medical marijuana, really it’s our primary focus… And a few of those patients have let us see their process from start to finish. A lot of patients have asked us how much they can expect to grow from a single plant, and while that is an impossible question to answer we thought we would share a recent grow we observed.
With the outdoor season allowing for natural harvest many growers are taking advantage of the natural light and growing in patios and green houses. We followed the progress of a patient growing a single marijuana plant of our Sour Diesel strain. This is a strain that is typically grow outdoors and can have amazing results.
This particular grower took advantage of a small(ish) green house to grow a single Sour Diesel plant and tended to the plant for a 2 week veg period. Using fairly standard nutrients and for the most part letting the plant do what it wanted. The Sour Diesel plant was caged with field fence and trained to grow as wide as possible.
The overall outcome was quite impressive for the grower who had never grown before.
Nearly an ounce grown from the first plant, which was more than enough for this medical patient. Taking clone to finished product in less than 13 weeks was pretty impressive… and only took so long because the Sour Diesel strain is known for having a 10+ week flowering time.
Overall great work to the credit of the grower and quality product to the credit of this quick growing and amazing strain.
How much you will grow from one plant is determined by the strain you choose, the time you allow the plant to veg, and the conditions under which the plant is grown.
This is a question we frequently get asked, typically from growers who spend a lot of time in their grow rooms or from growers who are working on a large scale. If you have ever spent more than a couple of minutes under an HPS or MH light you know that the spectrum can really mess with your eyes and over time the lights have even been known to cause headaches.
Recently at a convention we came across a company that had the perfect product for this, Method Seven. The product is indoor, grow room specific, sun glasses. In addition to making the light far more tolerable the glasses also make it much easier to see what you are working on. The picture I took doesn’t do it justice and I can’t express the how helpful it is to have clear vision when working but strongly suggest any indoor growing taking the time to check out these quality specs.
During July we have been experimenting with distributing swag bags to growers who ordered plants in July. These swag bags contain a number of items and literature provided by some of the most trusted names in growing and garden supply. So far the Swag Bag trial has been a success and growers are loving the goodies.
The Swag Bag contents are always changing but generally include nutrient samples as well as information on some of the top products from growers indoors and out.
We are incredibly thankful for our corporate partners who have contributed to this months Swag Bag ;
Today in a garden with a local grower who is caging plants to increase yield. This is a common method that is used both indoors and outdoors. The cage around the plant provides additional support which is going to be necessary to hold up large flowers. When growing indoors the support that is provided by the cage can also help to keep the plants organized and as close to the light as possible.
The grow today is 50-60 XXX OG plants that are approx 5 weeks old. At this stage they are about 1 week from being switched over to flowering. These majority of the plants are placed into 3 gallon smart pots, although a few were placed into 5 gallon due to their size.
The cages placed around the plants are made from 4 foot tall welded wire fencing, 14 gauge. The rolls we used were 100 feet in length per roll. The individual cages were approx 4 and a half feet of length carefully circled around the plant.
These plants are placed fairly closely and trimmed in a “lolly popping” fashion. This is a true top quality grow and an experienced farmer. Consistently producing 2-3 pounds per light, and utilizing 4 lights. The lighting systems offer a type of dimmer and during Veg period are set to 600 watts, but may be increased up to 1000 during the flower period.
This is a very straight forward set up that requires a fair amount of hand watering and pruning but is a proven method for producing top quality soil grown flowers.
This year has been wild so far, and now that the outdoor season is beginning it is only going to get crazier. The trend of 2016 outdoor growers looking for some of the classic strains has continued, a lot of growers are turning to some of the older classics like Sour diesel and Grandaddy Purple to produce their flowers. With such stable genetics it is no wonder why, but still was a bit surprising.
A couple other strains that have been incredibly popular are Tangie and Chocolope. Both strains are true exotic strains, very unique tastes and smells distinctive to themselves.
We are already looking forward to winter and trying to increase the number of high yielding, top quality, fast flowering indica strains that will be offered during the winter. We have a few new strains we are going to be working with most of them are from TGA genetics this year.
Some of the most sought after genetics that are currently producing some of the best flowers around. We have also begun to work with Jinxproof Genetics who has something amazing in store for this winter, a yet to be named amazing strain that we will be able to offer to the High Desert.
It is going to be a great year, we appreciate all of the growers we have met so far and look forward to those that we will meet with through out the summer.