Been doing alot of research that says you should only start by giving your plants HALF of nutrients that the label suggests? Is this true? Thanks!
Hello! Quick question regarding legal plant growing! With the NEW law that was just passed. we can grow 12 plants! I WAS TOLD that it was 12 plants PER household??? Is that true? What if a husband and wife BOTH want to grow? Is every person in the house allowed to grow 12 plants? Or is it just 12 plants per house? thanks!
Well this is interesting. So imagine where this is headed, politics aside. This is going to make this a more efficient and streamlined process. Less transport company involvement.
Co-Location of Medical Marihuana Facilities Operation of grower, processor, and/or provisioning center facilities at the same location The purpose of this bulletin is to advise the public and potential medical marihuana licensees of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation’s intention to allow for the operation of licensed grower, processor, and/or provisioning center facilities at the same location. This bulletin is only for advisory purposes and is subject to change. A potential licensee may apply for and be granted a license to operate as a grower, processor, and/or provisioning center. It is the Bureau’s intention that growers, processors, and provisioning centers may operate at the same location under the following conditions: Each licensed entity remains distinct and separate within different working areas. Each licensed entity has separate entrances and exits, point of sale operations (if applicable), and record keeping systems. The municipality in which the facility is located does not prohibit co-location of facilities through its local ordinance or zoning regulations. Each licensed entity is compliant with local and state public health standards and building inspection and fire safety regulations. Each entity’s license is posted on the wall in its distinct working area. The Department has authorized the licensees to operate at the same location. Other considerations regarding co-location of facilities: Additional inspections and/or permits may be required for licensed entities operating at the same location. Each grower, processor, and provisioning center requires its own separate application, regulatory assessment, and license.
We all know that plants “breath” CO2 and expel oxygen during photosynthesis, but few growers understand the important role oxygen plays in producing high-quality medical marijuana buds. The oxygen critical to the growth of medical marijuana is generally discussed as either dissolved oxygen (found in the water or nutrient solution) or gaseous oxygen found in the air.
Liquid Oxygen For Healthy Microbial Life
Dissolved oxygen is the driving force behind a high concentration of beneficial microorganisms contained within the planting medium. Dissolved oxygen is oxygen that is held between the water molecules (H2O). The amount of dissolved oxygen held by water is inversely proportionate to the temperature. As the water or nutrient solution’s temperature rises its ability to hold dissolved oxygen decreases. On the other hand, as the temperature of the water or nutrient solution drops the ability to hold dissolved oxygen increases. This is why it is so important to keep the temperature of hydroponic reservoirs stable and in a desired range. Most hydroponic systems operate most efficiently if the temperature of the nutrient solution is kept between 65-70°F.
When temperatures exceed 70° there will be a drop in dissolved oxygen; this, in turn, will influence the functions of the beneficial microorganisms. The higher the temperature rises the higher the likelihood of developing pathogenic pests and diseases. Dissolved oxygen not only affects the microbial activity around the plant’s rhizosphere but also can regulate the availability of certain nutrients. Nitrogen, for example, can be adversely affected by insufficient dissolved oxygen levels, compromising the nitrogen cycle in the soil.
Gaseous Oxygen For Healthy Marijuana Roots
Of all the essential elements needed for plant growth one that is commonly overlooked is gaseous oxygen. Few people realize that plants absorb oxygen in its gaseous form via their root cells. In order to continue to absorb nutrients and water a plant’s roots must continue to grow, and Oxygen is required that growing to take place. A plant’s root system requires oxygen and expels CO2; much like humans use oxygen and expel CO2. This process is commonly overlooked because plants create more oxygen than they use so most people observe this fact as a moot point. However, the oxygen absorbed in its gaseous form is an essential element and vital to the biological functions of medical marijuana plants. This is one of many reasons medical marijuana plants benefit from fresh air intakes in ventilation systems, especially in environments supplementing high amounts of CO2.
In order for a medical marijuana grower to breath a sigh of relief they must allow their medical marijuana plants, or more specifically the medical marijuana plant’s roots, to breath the precious oxygen that is essential to healthy growth. Aeration of the soil or nutrient solution combined with sufficient ventilation and temperature control will ensure your medical marijuana plants receive the dissolved oxygen and gaseous oxygen they need to flourish.
The Heat Is On: Growing Medical Marijuana In Hot Summer Weather
Summertime brings excellent weather for growing outdoor medical cannabis. Unfortunately, it also means immense summer heat that can stress plants, ruin crops and cripple the medical marijuana grower themselves. Although outdoor plants are usually acclimated to high temperatures, there has been an increase in the number of higher temperature days in virtually every climate zone, and growers need to be prepared. There are a few things you can do to ensure you and your plants stay protected from excess heat this growing season.
Shade Your Medical Marijuana Plants From The Sun
A shade cloth is an inexpensive way to protect more sensitive plants from the radiant energy of the hot summer sun. Throughout June I tend to keep large pieces of shade cloth handy to protect my smaller or younger (seedling) outdoor plants. I find it most advantageous for the small plants that receive an abundance of afternoon sun. With a simple lean-to or tepee I can set up the shade cloth to lessen the stress caused by extremely hot days. Any time you notice wilting during hot days when the soil has plenty of moisture you are probably witnessing heat stress. A shade cloth is a great way to lessen the stress while still allowing plenty of light hours so photosensitive plants will remain unaffected.
The Best Time For Watering Your Marijuana Plants
It is most efficient to water in the early morning or late evening. On days where extremely hot conditions are predicted, it is good to water at both times to ensure adequate moisture levels. I will even add stress relieving products like Organic-B or Advanced Nutrients’ Revive to the morning’s watering.
Many times a proactive watering in the morning on an extremely hot day will reduce or eliminate all stress otherwise associated with the heat. Some days it may be necessary to supplement waterings throughout the day if the medium dries out quickly. I have also found that misting or spraying plants with water can bring some relief on extremely hot days. Make sure to give the plants a light misting because large droplets on the leaves can actually create a magnification effect that will burn foliage.
Remember To Hydrate Yourself As Well
Don’t forget to hydrate yourself when you’re working in your outdoor medical marijuana garden. Some growers hike long distances to remote locations in extremely hot weather. Adequate hydration for the grower lessens the possibility of heat stress or heat stroke. The last thing any grower wants is to be found dead next to the crop because he/she only brought enough water for the plants.