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Debra BorchardtJanuary 29, 2021
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Indoor agriculture company Agrify Corporation (Nasdaq: AGFY) has listed its shares on the NASDAQ after pricing its upsized initial public offering of 5,400,000 shares of common stock at a price of $10.00 per share for total gross proceeds of $54 million. The shares began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “AGFY” on Thursday.

Raymond Nobu Chang, President & CEO of Agrify said, “We’re beyond thrilled to officially announce our IPO. This is an incredible step forward to solidifying Agrify’s foothold in the indoor agriculture and tech space. We look forward to empowering a generation of modern growers to achieve better consistency and quality through the understanding that cultivation techniques must evolve to meet the market’s future needs.” The company said that it does not cultivate, come in contact with, distribute or dispense cannabis or any cannabis derivatives that are currently prohibited under U.S. federal law, but notes that its cultivation solutions can be used within indoor grow facilities by cannabis cultivators if they choose to do so.
In addition to the shares that began trading, Agrify has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 810,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is expected to close on February 1, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. Maxim Group LLC and Roth Capital Partners are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. The company reported net revenue of $4 million in 2019, which grew to $7.7 million for nine months ending September 30, 2020. The net losses were $8.5 million for those nine months in 2020.

Backlog

As of December 31, 2020, Agrify said its backlog, which consists of purchase orders or purchase commitments, was $59.3 million. In the company’s filing, it said, “We expect to recognize revenue of approximately $40 million in 2021 and the rest gradually thereafter. As of December 31, 2020, we have $105 million of carefully vetted potential sales opportunities (which we refer to as our qualified pipeline). Of this, $78 million of the qualified pipeline was generated through our company directly and $27 million through our Agrify-Valiant Joint-Venture. We are presently working to convert this pipeline into confirmed bookings over the next 12 months.”

Horizontal Modular Growing

“We believe that our AVFU is the only product on the market that offers a modular, compartmentalized micro-climate growing system for indoor vertical farming. These 8.5 ft. long x 4 ft. wide x 9.3 ft. tall units each have two tiers of growing space. They are designed to line up horizontally in rows, and they can be stacked vertically up to 3 units tall allowing a total of 6 layers of canopy, effectively taking advantage of previously unused indoor vertical space. The AVFU is a premium indoor grow solution with an MSRP starting at $20,000, and our most recent AVFU deals have been for between 60 and 535 units as our new customers become satisfied that our grow solutions will be an instrumental part of their operations moving forward. We are targeting large scale projects that range in size from $1 million to over $10 million in AVFU hardware sales before any additional revenue from our Agrify Insights™ software and ancillary products and services are realized.”

“A key component of our cultivation solution is our proprietary software, Agrify Insights, which has been developed in-house. This cloud-based software interfaces with a microservices middleware and relational database that integrates with our hardware and provides our managers, facility owners, facility managers, and growers real-time control and monitoring of facilities, growing conditions, and insights into both production and profit optimization. The combination of precise environmental control and automation with data collection and actionable insights empowers our customers to be more efficient, more productive, and more intelligent about how they run their businesses. We believe that the robust data analytics capabilities from our Agrify Insights platform coupled with our AVFU system is enabling our customers to transform their businesses and quality of the product they are cultivating.”


Gretchen GaileyDecember 23, 2020
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Editors Note: This is the final story in a three-part series.

Pests and contaminates are a given in the cultivation of cannabis, and most standards developed to control these on other agricultural products don’t apply. This is why the U.S. Pharmacopeia has stepped in to provide analytical methods and risk-based limits for the industry to help protect public health, including looking at how cannabis is grown, not just at how it hits the shelves.

“Cannabis is susceptible to pest infestation whether grown indoors or outdoors, which means cultivators often turn to pesticides to ensure their harvest. However, pesticides can be quite dangerous if not used appropriately to make sure residue levels are not higher than they should be. This could be especially true if consumed by someone with a health condition who may be taking the plant for medicinal purposes” said Robin Marles, Ph.D., chair of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee.

USP has assembled an expert panel of clinicians, scientists and industry representatives from around the world to provide necessary information and guidance all laid out in the Journal of Natural Products, Cannabis Inflorescence for Medical Purposes: USP Considerations for Quality Attributes.

Recent cases in the U.S. and Canada of consumers being exposed to residues of pesticides unauthorized for use or used off-label on cannabis have resulted in recalls and increased public and regulatory concerns. In the U.S., crop-specific pesticide limits are established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for foods, but no approved pesticide or pesticide limits exist for cannabis. And levels of pesticides deemed appropriate to protect public health and safety for food products may not necessarily apply to cannabis, since cannabis is typically smoked or vaped.

Although U.S. state requirements may provide some guidance to control specific pesticide contaminants, additional pesticide residues that are not expressly permitted by these states may also be detected on cannabis due to environmental drift or persistence or through incidental contamination. 

“Even if you do not apply pesticides, you might find pesticide contamination from neighboring agricultural fields through environmental drift,” said Nandu Sarma, Director, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines at USP. 

To date, Canada has the strictest requirements for pesticides among countries and U.S. states that regulate the use of cannabis. USP has pesticide standards for oral botanical drugs, but they are not exhaustive. Many of the pesticides used to control pests for cannabis such as powdery mildew, botrytis or spider mites are not listed in USP’s general chapter that describes pesticide levels for botanical dietary supplements.

Based on the multiple possibilities for contamination for pesticides, USP recommends  a cautious approach, with maximum acceptable exposure limits for each pesticide that are 1,000 fold lower than the acceptable daily intake limits established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO).

“It is important that USP guidelines address the quality controls for actual plant material as the starting point, besides the quality controls for the finished product” said Ikhlas Khan, Ph.D., USP Cannabis Expert Panel chair. 


Gretchen GaileyDecember 22, 2020
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Editors Note: This is part two of a three-part series.

Blue Dream, Purple Haze, Girl Scout Cookies, Red Headed Stranger, Acapulco Gold, Fruity Pebbles or Pineapple Express… all classic strain names and all of them meaningless.

“Strain names are absolutely misleading with considerable variation in the same cannabinoid content among different specimens of the same strain. You can get the same color and the same smell, but actually levels of the THC and CBD and some of the other compounds could be quite different,” says Robin Marles, Ph.D., chair of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee.

USP has assembled an expert panel of clinicians, scientists and industry representatives from around the world to provide necessary information and guidance on critical quality attributes, including recommendations for naming , all laid out in an article in the Journal of Natural Products, Cannabis Inflorescence for Medical Purposes: USP Considerations for Quality Attributes.

“USP recommendations are entirely focused on the inflorescence of the cannabis plant, popularly known as the flower or ‘the bud.’ And as with any plant product, the first challenge was to determine how to classify the various varieties and subtypes that are currently in use.” said Ikhlas Khan, Ph.D., USP’s Cannabis Expert Panel chair.

USP has elected to recognize cannabis as a single plant species, Cannabis sativa L., with different varieties or subtypes that can then be classified based on their THC and CBD content. The expert panel provided guidance for organizing the plant material into three “chemotype” categories: THC-dominant, CBD-dominant, or intermediate varieties that contain physiologically meaningful levels of both – intending to give prescribers or consumers greater clarity about what substances they are using.

In order to properly identify and quantify these cannabis varieties, USP’s expert panel recommended the use of science-based analytical procedures for the industry to employ.  This entails the use of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC) to separate and quantify not just THC and CBD, but also 11 other cannabinoids that are less studied, but may also have an impact on the effect of cannabis products.

USP  has also looked at the composition of terpenes, which are largely responsible for the flavor and odor of cannabis. They identified five different terpenes that are especially abundant in cannabis that could also help with classification: myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, pinene and caryophyllene. Terpenes may form the basis for further subcategorization of cannabis chemotypes to establish the impact of these substances on the pharmacological effects of cannabis products when used in clinical practice. 

“Naming cannabis varieties based on detailed profiles of cannabinoid and terpene content can also help guide prescribers and help ensure that patients are consistently receiving the cannabis varieties that they intended,” said Nandu Sarma, Director, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines at USP.

 


Cynthia SalarizadehNovember 25, 2020
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The holiday season is right around the corner! So what do you get the cannabis grower in your life?  Although the obvious choice might be a pair of socks decorated with cannabis leaves,  for the more sophisticated cannabis cultivator, we’ve found 14 gifts every grower would be stoked to receive. 

1. A mobile farm radio for grows in weak cell reception areas

Don’t let a weak signal put your communications in jeopardy! With a farm radio from Midland, you’ll always be able to get in touch with team members. The system from Midland can provide a range of up to 50 miles in areas with little or no obstruction.

2. Software to streamline their operations 

Traditionally, growers have used notebooks and whiteboards to track daily tasks and record grow data. But as the industry matures and operators scale their businesses, a need for smarter tools is born.

Meet Trym– user-friendly software built just for cultivators. Trym’s task management system allows a team to map out its tasks for a new plantings’ entire growth cycle. And Trym’s integrations with leading environmental sensors automate the monitoring of grow conditions. 

The coolest part is being able to access past data on harvests in order to optimize future ones. One thing all growers have in common is that they never stop trying to improve.

Help the grower in your life reach the success they deserve. With Trym they’ll quickly increase their operation’s productivity and consistency.

3. An environmental controls system to keep conditions at optimal levels

The professional grower who’s into tracking all of their environmental conditions will dig TrolMaster products for their powerful control systems and sensors that monitor lighting, temperature, humidity, and CO2.

Imagine how a plant experiences the sun outdoors, with gradual light intensity increasing from morning to afternoon. Now, a grower can program the light cycle and specific environmental conditions they desire to simulate natural outdoor conditions.

4. Microbiometer for quick and affordable soil tests

For farmers growing in soil, microbial biomass is considered to be the best indicator of soil health. With a product like a Microbiometer, growers can take their own on-site soil tests in only 10 minutes. 

Results are read through a mobile app and data is stored for later analysis. This is a great tool to track and evaluate the effectiveness of soil amendments. And for those who simply need to know their soil is healthy as can be, the Microbiometer is a fast and affordable way to do so.

5. Rapid wireless charging for long days 

12-hour days, lots of communication, research and note taking can take a toll on a grower’s phone. That’s why having a quick and easy way to charge up throughout the day is crucial. 

That’s where this Belkin charging stand comes in as the perfect gift. It offers up to 10 watts for Apple and Samsung so that you spend less time charging and more time tending to crops. 

6. A botanical illustration to dress up your wall

For a tasteful depiction of the beloved cannabis flower, these gorgeous prints from Goldleaf make a wonderful gift for anyone in the cannabis industry. 

Plus, all proceeds raised from these prints are donated to Project Sanctuary, an organization that helps military families and veterans returning from service. 

7. A garden gnome to watch over the crop

Help keep things lively in your grower’s work space. Whether they cultivate outdoors or in, a properly placed garden gnome will surely bring smiles. 

Gnomes are symbols of good luck and they are thought to provide protection. Who better to keep a close watch over a crop or home. There are plenty of gnomes to choose from–both big and small, so choose one that fits your grower’s personality.

8. Jeweler’s loupe to keep a close eye on the trichomes

After months of caring and nurturing their plants, one of the most important moments in a grower’s journey is deciding when it’s time to harvest. 

Growers listen to their plants and pay close attention to the trichomes, or resin glands on cannabis flowers. When they change from clear to milky, that’s when they know it’s time.

To monitor the trichomes, growers must be able to see them close up. This jeweler’s loupe has a handy LED light so they can see their handiwork day or night

9. Method 7 glasses for eye protection

Spending lots of time under grow lights can do serious damage to a grower’s eyes. Modern grow lights manipulate the natural light spectrum to mimic the sun’s rays, and too much exposure is not a good thing.

Every grower should protect their eyes while working in a grow room or light-assisted greenhouse. The most popular, high quality glasses in the industry are made by Method 7.

You’ll need to ask the grower what kind of lights they grow under because Method 7 makes glasses for all types including HPS, LED and Metal Halide.  

10. Airtight UV glass storage jars to keep their herb fresh

The freshness of cannabis diminishes rapidly with time, and the most harmful elements are oxygen and light. 

For a grower who smokes and wants a tasty, high-quality smoke each time, gift them a premium air-tight ultraviolet glass jar.This UV glass container from Masterdam will store and preserve their herb, increase its shelf life, and prolong its potency.

11. Smartphone camera lens for better quality grow photos and videos

One thing all growers have in common is pride in their work. Give them an opportunity and they’ll talk at length about their unique approach and how it results in the best cannabis possible. 

And they’re most likely to show you with a picture or video of their room. The issue is that if they don’t have a special filter on their phone, their shots will come out orange (if growing under HPS bulbs). 

This clip-on lens filter attaches to a phone and filters out the red-spectrum light to help the growers showcase their prized garden. 

12. A utility holster organizes necessities 

Growers have lots of tools and items they need within reach. It’s a hassle to pack your pockets before you step into the grow area and then clean them out each day. Instead,  this utility holster does a better job of keeping their things tidy and in one place. 

The holster easily clips on to waistbands, belts, or straps, and makes the perfect gift for someone needing a little bit more organization in their work space.

13. Hemp Coasters to bring their passion into their living space

These aren’t just any coasters. They’re made of hemp rope and are a subtle but distinct nod to the cannabis and hemp industry. These coasters are hand-made and can be found on Etsy.

Forget plastic, hemp is the promising crop towards increased sustainability. A simple, yet unique gift for any and all growers. 

14. Lava soap for clean and smooth hands

Anyone who has  worked with cannabis knows how sticky the flowers are. Even short tasks like pruning or deleafing result in sticky hands that are layered with resin from the plants.  

Regular old soap doesn’t cut it, which is why the perfect stocking stuffer for the growers in your life is Lava Soap.

This pumice soap cuts through all that resin and is a heavy-duty alternative to regular soap. Help a grower keep their hands clean and soft with this pumice soap, used by many since 1893.

 


StaffOctober 28, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post.

As a cannabis grower, small increases in your profit margins can make a big difference in the success of your business. And if you want to scale your operations, you need to focus on getting the small details squared away.

5 Ways to Increase Profitability

As cannabis becomes destigmatized as a legitimate industry, it’s imperative that growers and retailers become even more focused on cleaning up business processes and optimizing for profitability. Here are some specific ways you can do just that:

  • Get to Know Your Numbers

 

You can’t strategically boost profit margins if you don’t know what your profit margins are to begin with. To find your profit margin, simply subtract your total business expenditures from your total revenue. This provides your net income. Then take your net income and divide it by your total revenue. This leaves you with your profit margin. 

It’s also important to know metrics like how much it takes you to produce an ounce or a gram of marijuana; how much you can sell different products for; which products are most profitable; which products have lower margins; etc.

You don’t need to be a CPA to understand the basic numbers behind your business. Any time you invest in analyzing this side of your company will serve you will over the long run.

  • Optimize Floor Space

 

As expensive as warehouse space is in most parts of the country, it makes sense that you’d want to make better use of your floor space. In fact, optimizing your floor space is one of the smartest things you can do to boost profits. The more you can grow within a limited footprint, the better your numbers will be.

In addition to vertical cultivation strategies, which allow you to make better use of limited space, you should find the correct crop density for each specific strain you’re growing. 

“When you begin to work with tighter plant density, your nutrient requirements are less, you can utilize labor better, you can more easily cycle plants so your harvest can [be continuous],” says Jim Ott, CEO of Precision Cultivation, which focuses on plant genetics. “If you’re making it like a manufacturing [facility], in terms of your workflow, those are ways to bring some efficiencies.”

Ott encourages growers to stop thinking in terms of traditional measurements, like pounds per bulb, and instead focus on more comprehensive formulas and calculations, such as cost per square foot. 

  • Automate Where You Can

 

Anything you can do to reduce labor with automation is going to benefit you in the long run. Labor is by far one of the greatest expenses. Whether it’s hand watering, trimming, moving plants around, or packaging, overreliance on laborers will cost you.

Automate wherever you can. One good option is to use automatic grow light lifters, which make it easier to move lights, increase production, and achieve more consistent and faster harvest rates.

A fertigation system is also useful. It will automatically inject important nutrients into your hydroponic grow, which eliminates the need for manual involvement. Again, major savings.

  • Consider Outside Investments

 

As the saying goes, it takes money to make money. If you’re struggling to scale your operation to the level that’s required to maximize profitability, perhaps you should think about welcoming in an outside investor. 

While there’s still a lot of red tape on cannabis business investments in the United States, restrictions are loosening, and more venture capitalists and investors are looking for ways to get involved. This could be a good way to inject some cash into the business and fund necessary improvements or expansion. 

  • Cut Energy Costs

 

Energy is obviously a significant expense. One strategy is to lower energy use by ensuring all equipment is appropriate to the specific needs of your site. Under- or over-sized equipment can dramatically impact energy efficiency, hurt production, and kill cash flow. Furthermore, you need to know the hours of peak demand so you can minimize energy use during these hours. 

Ready, Set, Grow!

The beauty of our industry is that there are so many different strategies, business models, and avenues for success. But regardless of which paths you choose to pursue, profitability must be one of your primary concerns. And the more you’re able to grow your profitability, the more you’ll be able to scale and expand in ways that are meaningful.


StaffOctober 23, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post.

Cannabis has different strains. Picking the right one is crucial for one to get the feeling that they are looking for. One can choose to go with those that contain THC or the ones that do not have this component such as CBD oil. Important to note is that cannabis is not legal in most states, and one must bear this in mind before trying to buy any weed product. For countries where the use of cannabis is permissible, it is best to buy from authorized dealers to make sure that the weed bought is good quality and free of harmful substances. Back street dealers tend to lace their product with other substances that can alter the normal functioning of the body.

Medicinal marijuana does not contain THC in most cases if not all, since the feeling of highness may augment certain symptoms. Those using for leisure need to know how to pick the best brands. Below we discuss how to choose the best cannabis strain.

Know the options available

The three significant strains of marijuana are Indica, Sativa, and hybrid. Hybrid is a combination of the two major strains. Sativa and Indica. It elicits mixed reactions for the body and mind since the two mixed to form the blend affect the user differently. Sativa strains have an energizing effect on the user, influencing them to be active and take part in different activities. Indica, on the other hand, is more relaxing and after using any of the strains in this family, the user tends to be laid back with a deep sense of relaxation. The choice between the two depends on personal preference and the feeling that one is looking for.

Get to know the strains

After knowing the significant types available, one ought to dive deep to understand the strains and the category they fall into. The purpose of the cannabis will help one decide on the strain to buy as they are knowledgeable about how they work. Availability of the strain in one’s locality is among the many factors that one should review when researching This is to ensure that the product they pick is readily available. They do not have to ship from another region as this will increase the cost of getting cannabis.

Identify the smell

Each of the products that are available in the market has a distinct smell. Some have sweet and fruity notes, while others have an earthy smell. Other strains have a skunky smell that hangs around and makes it easier for others to tell that one is using cannabis. Choosing the smell is dependent on individual tastes. Knowing the smell of the product you want to buy is essential as it will affect usage among other factors.

Although the research is important, one should not rely on the information they get only. When buying from a brick and mortar store, a visit to the premises will help one make the perfect pick. Examining the product and asking the store attendants about the products they have will help one make an informed choice.

 

 


StaffSeptember 8, 2020
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The USDA has decided it wants to hear from those in the industry with regards to proposed regulations now that they have gone through the 2020 growing season. The comment period for the interim final rule published on October 31, 2019, at 84 FR 58522, has been reopened. Comments must be received by October 8, 2020. The agency noted that people who were dealt with the regulatory requirements during 2020 could now comment on those requirements.

The Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) said it received approximately 4,600 comments from stakeholders during the initial ninety-day public comment period. These comments represent the perspectives of various organizations and individuals within the stakeholder community and provided AMS additional context for decision making. AMS is reopening the public comment period for the Interim Final Rule (IFR) to encourage additional input on several topics identified by commenters during the initial ninety-day comment period. The reopening of the public comment period allows stakeholders to provide AMS with further insight gained from the 2020 hemp growing season.

Background

A domestic hemp production program was created as a result of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly called the Farm Bill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp. It also established a Federal plan for producers in States or territories of Indian Tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.

The program includes provisions for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced, testing the levels of total tetrahydrocannabinol, disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements, licensing requirements, and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the new part. As a supplement to statutory and regulatory requirements, the USDA made available additional guidance documents on sampling and laboratory testing. In addition, on February 27, 2020, USDA delayed requirements for hemp testing laboratories to obtain Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration and clarified allowable cannabis disposal methods.

 


StaffAugust 19, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post. 

If you grow marijuana for a dispensary or personal use, you should know these tips. This guide lists 7 marijuana growing tips every grower needs to know.

In case you didn’t know, CBD is now legal in 33 states, and medical marijuana in the remaining 17. That means that you can grow your own marijuana and make a living out of it. However, making a killing off the trade isn’t as easy as throwing marijuana seeds on the ground and harvesting liters of CBD oil.

Any serious marijuana grower knows that growing marijuana is incredibly difficult. Growing quality marijuana takes lots of diligence, commitment, and resources.  With the right marijuana growing tips; however, growing your own marijuana will be a piece of cake.

Even the most seasoned marijuana growers sometimes have a hard time getting a good yield. However, here is a couple of invaluable marijuana growing tips for both newbies and experienced growers.

  1. Great Genetics Are Everything

You don’t have to be a master marijuana grower to know that your marijuana is only as good as its genetics. The first step to growing some good marijuana is finding an excellent cannabis strain, and there are plenty to choose from. So the million-dollar question is, where do I find quality marijuana strains?

Finding the best weed strains is as simple as searching for them on the internet. You’ll find plenty of seed sellers online who can get you high-quality strains.  You can use the strain finder from Cannaconection to get a great strain.

However, remember to only buy your cannabis from a reputable seller for the best seed. Some swindlers will sell you schwag seeds for the price of a high-quality strain.

If you find a great strain, remember to take proper care of it for the best results.

  1. Always Grow Inside

If you want the best weed, then always grow your weed inside and not outside. Not saying that your weed won’t grow outside, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll get the results you want.

Growing inside gives you more control of the climate and the entire growth process.  Inside is also way hygienic than outside, making it perfect for growing marijuana.

Also, you don’t need an entire greenhouse to grow your marijuana indoors. You can use a few grow boxes that measure a few inches, and your results will be just as stunning. Check out these grow boxes from Bloom by Botanicare and see how they work for you.

  1. Have Proper Lighting

Growing marijuana indoors requires a lot of care, and one aspect you can’t overlook is the light. Outdoor marijuana plants have the privilege of receiving natural light from the sun. Since you’re growing yours indoors, you’ll have to make up for the absence of natural light.

To have your lighting in order, invest in high-quality lights, ballast, reflectors, and hoods. Always remember to change the bulbs at least twice a year.  Only settle for high-quality bulbs, the second-grade bulbs are just as good as an ordinary light bulb.

  1. Have Strict Bedtimes

Most cannabis strains have a short growing cycle of about eight weeks. As such, you need to have them reach their full potential in just two months.

One way of doing so is by having consistent “day” and “night” times. It’s best if they have about twelve hours of darkness and twelve hours of light each day.

Maintain this cycle for the entire two months, and you’ll grow some healthy cannabis. If you use smart lights, you can set them to turn off after twelve hours automatically and turn on again after another twelve hours.

  1. Take It Phase-By-Phase

Each phase of the marijuana growing cycle has different requirements. In the first growth stage, the plant requires a lot of nitrogen to grow and bloom. During the last stages of the plant’s life cycle, it requires virtually no nitrogen.

If you give it a lot of nitrogen during the last growing stages, then it may end up with a nasty metallic taste.  As such, you need to be keen on what you feed your plant at each stage of your life cycle.

  1. Be Careful With What You Feed Your Plants

Nutrient companies will hurl empty promises at your face, and you’re likely going to take the bait. When what they promise seems a bit unrealistic, then it’s probably not true. So don’t spend your money on expensive nutrients that do nothing for your plant.

Also, be on the lookout for knock off nutrients. They do more harm than good for your plants. You can spot knock-offs by their ridiculously low-price tags as compared to the original.

It’s also a good idea to stick to base element nutrients as opposed to pre-mixed ones. You can buy different base element nutrients and mix them by yourself. That way, you can give your plants exactly what they need.

  1. Water Quality Matters… A Lot

All water is not the same because of the quantity and types of dissolved solids in it. These dissolved solids can adversely affect the plant, depending on what they are.  Domestic water is a definite no-no because of the chlorine and fluoride used to treat the water.

These chemicals won’t kill your plants, but you won’t get the best results either. If you really want the best from your plants, then invest in a filtration or reverse osmosis system. Once you do, always remember to change your filters frequently for the best water quality.

It’s Now Upon You to Implement These Marijuana Growing Tips

The quality of your marijuana all rests on the attention and care you give to your plants. With these few marijuana growing tips, you’ll be growing the best marijuana in town.  Remember, it’s completely okay to invest a little money on your marijuana plants.

Most importantly, treat your plants like your babies and nurture them to healthy, blooming adults. While your cannabis plants grow, be sure to check out other informative pieces on the site.

 


Tee CorleyJuly 14, 2020
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You’ve worked hard on your commercial grow space. Like a mad scientist, you test pH levels, precisely measure moisture, and strictly harvest your hemp at its peak maturity.

But when you’re growing large, leafy plants in tight spaces, finding the best lighting for your plants may be your biggest headache. Are your plants getting too little or too much light? Do you need to buy multiple lights to get you from seed to harvest? Can’t one light do it all?

Kind LED Lighting is declaring a resounding, “Yes!” Kind LED invites you to kick up your feet and rest your mind. This trusted brand has recently released the most important innovation in LED grow lamps since, well, LED lights. It’s called the X².

The Kind LED X² Difference

This commercial LED light was designed with the help of motivated engineers, agricultural scientists and hydroponic experts. Kind LED’s X² brought these fields together for revolutionary results: larger, more potent yields and a superior return on investment.

As the legal status of hemp and marijuana continues to relax, more entrepreneurs are trying their hands at commercial grow operations. Fortunately for new indoor farmers, the makers of the X², who have been growing commercially for several decades, have plenty of experience reconciling common problems.

Greenhouse and indoor grow operations are restricted by practical and scientific puzzles. For example, tight spaces can be hard to fill with light, especially as the canopy expands and provides shade for lower leaves. In turn, growers struggle to find the “right” amount of light. As the plant grows through its stages, it needs different lighting spectrums which could cost thousands in regular bar lights.

Naturally, balancing the intensity, heat and spectrum is too big of a job for a single grow lamp⁠—until now.

The X² steps ahead of the rest as it’s the only light you’ll need from seed to harvest. Fully tunable and customizable, the X² comes with an optional compatible 3-channel controller that gives you complete control over intensity and spectrum. And for those of you looking to scale your operation, rest assured that the controller can adjust over 500 X² lights simultaneously.

Built to accommodate gardeners with limited space, the X² utilizes three concentric squares made from LED light bars. This design ensures your plant is getting maximum photons from top to bottom.

The light that plants predominantly use for photosynthesis ranges from 400–700 nm. Referred to as Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR), this range includes red, blue and green wavebands, which match the LEDs on the X². With the X², you have full control over your spectrum.

With larger, healthier yields, you can expect a better return on your investment. LED lights always held promise for indoor gardeners. They’re cooler than standard HIDs and use about half of the electricity. Don’t waste money on high electricity bills from lighting and air conditioning.

With over 75,000 hours of lifetime use, you can expect to save money on replacing burnt out lamps, too. This LED light comes with a 5-year warranty to boot. The deluxe heatsink keeps your plants and electronic elements cool, preserving the life of your equipment for years to come.

Why is this grow lamp so important?

It wasn’t long ago that LED lights hit the market with promises of using less electricity while emitting intense light and keeping their cool.

But the people behind Kind LED, as well as many other cannabis growers, were quickly disappointed. They found LEDs didn’t have the intensity and spectrum needed to effectively grow large, potent plants. Forced back into using energy-sapping, heat-producing HIDs, Kind LED felt there must be another way.

Ever since, Kind LED has been leading the industry in LED lighting innovation. The promises of LED lighting may have been too good to be true, but they were also too good to ignore. Kind LED bar lights have now become the world’s number one selling LED grow lights, but they didn’t stop there.

The X2 is an important step in cost-saving, heat-reducing LED lighting. Kind LED’s engineers ensured that this light is intense or dim depending on your plants’ needs and within an effective PAR for healthy growth. This light eliminates the need to move plants to special grow stations based on their growth stage. The X² saves growers time, money, headaches and valuable space.

Kind LED Lighting X² Features & Specs

Let’s get down to the details. The specs on this LED grow lamp are impressive.

  • Dimensions: 39.4” x 39.4” x 4.3”
  • Weight: 40.2 lbs
  • Spectrum: 3-channel, fully adjustable
  • Has a true PPF of 1650 μmol/sec
  • Efficacy of 2.22 μmol/J
  • Max wattage: 750w
  • >75,000 lifetime hours
  • 5-year warranty
  • Control light spectrum, intensity and timing for more than 500 X2s with the compatible controller
  • Large heatsink keeps your plants and electronics cool
  • Retail price: $1,695; optional controller: $299.95

 


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Editors Note: this is a guest post.

Cannabis can be used in countless ways. It relieves stress, chronic pains, and a wide plethora of other conditions. Besides medicinal uses, people consume marijuana to relax or help them fall asleep. 

The great thing about the times we live in is that it’s an era of marijuana legalization and getting a hold of exactly the type of weed you’re after is easier than ever. If you don’t believe that to be true and you’re in Nevada, just look up Las Vegas Dispensaries and large cities in other legal states are increasingly becoming hotspots for cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

One of the most popular misconceptions about cannabis is that it turns you into a lazy, unmotivated couch potato. While it certainly rings true for some of the strains out there, it is worth remembering that there are others, which can fire up your imagination, breathe life into conversations, and expedite the creative process. 

The trick lies in knowing which strain to choose for those particular moments when you are trying to get in the right headspace to get that creative spark going. If that’s what you’re after, be sure to check out one of these six strains listed below. 

Jack Herer 

Named after one of the greatest cannabis rights activists in history, this strain will elevate your mind up to a point where you will be spitting out new ideas one after another. 

Besides the euphoric effect, Jack Herer is a treat to smoke due to its fruity, peppery flavour. Whether you’re enjoying it in the form of a joint or bong hit, it will pack a punch that you will not soon forget. Another advantage is that contrary to other popular strains, Jack Herer leaves you clear-headed without the all-too-familiar dazy feeling one might get after the high goes away. 

Jack Herer was recognized for its inspiring qualities by the international community of enthusiasts, having won numerous awards for its potency and creativity-friendly effects. 

Berry White 

Also known as Blue Widow or White Berry, this particular strain of cannabis is a sativa-dominant hybrid, which already gives away that you’re in for an energizing kick! 

A hit of Berry White will definitely inspire many creative endeavours. Additionally, the high is very balanced, eliminating the risk of increased anxiety and paranoia which is often associated with sativa-dominant hybrids. 

Berry White will leave you energized and ready to create, while keeping your mind focused instead of going all over the place and ruining your experience. 

Tangerine Dream 

Many people in the community will refer to it by Tangie, but regardless of the name it goes by, this strain is recognized and appreciated by artists and other creative individuals. Its main benefits include a long-lasting high — an uplifting experience with just enough relaxing qualities to keep you in the zone for a while.  

What makes Tangerine Dream really stand out though, is its refreshing aroma and an unmistakable, fruity flavor. Aptly named after tangerines, this strain really does bring to mind those delicious citruses. 

Whether you’re a musician, writer, or any other type of a creative soul, Tangerine Dream is definitely a strain that should end up in your stash one day. 

Jillybean 

An incredibly powerful strain with a non-threatening name, Jillybean is the queen of fun. The effects are almost immediate, and the most reported feeling after consuming it is overwhelming bliss and euphoria. 

Jillybean is a favorite of creatives and social butterflies alike, as it enhances the quality of your social interaction and increases empathy for fellow human beings. You can recognize it by the strong aroma of orange with a hint of mango — it’s similar to Tangerine Dream in this aspect. 

This particular creativity-enhancing strain works especially well if you’re in need of a long, uninterrupted session of brainstorming and piecing together your ideas, especially if you’re participating in a collaborative effort!

Kali Mist 

If your creativity is hindered by a lack of energy, then this strain might just be exactly what you’re looking for to boost you up and get those creative juices flowing at a higher rate. 

The perfect pick-me-up strain, Kali Mist’s rejuvenating qualities were oftentimes hailed as “psychedelic” by users, due to its focus-enhancing and ego-crushing abilities. Kali Mist is the perfect choice when you need to open up your mind to new, challenging ideas. 

Be wary of its side effects though — if you’re planning a longer session in Kali Mist’s company, make sure you have enough water to stay hydrated, as this strain is infamous for causing intense cottonmouth in some users. 

LSD 

Although its name may suggest otherwise, the LSD strain won’t make hallucinate or trip out like you would on psychedelics. The similarity lies in the euphoric feeling that comes with smoking this type of cannabis. 

Just like all of the strains listed above, LSD is also a sativa-dominant hybrid, but the characteristic attribute that sets it apart from the rest is the strong, but not overwhelming body high that accompanies the energizing effects. 

 


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