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Cultivation, Grow Help




Growing cannabis is an artful science. The math of growing fruitful and healthy cannabis buds is just as important as the tender, love and care growers put into their efforts and harvest. An important corne rstone of maintaining a vigorous and bountiful plant and yield is lighting.

Growers from novice to veteran understand the importance of lighting for their cannabis plants. This article will assist you in understanding the fundamentals of the lighting spectrum. 

What is the Lighting Spectrum?

Since the 80’s, government agencies such as NASA have been trialing the effects that LEDs have on plants. We have learned that different ranges of light have many different effects on plants, especially cannabis.



To the naked eye, light only appears white. However, the reality is that light comes in a range of recognizable colors. If you have ever witnessed a rainbow after a storm, then you have an understanding of the spectrum.

The complete spectrum of light (pictured below) is an electromagnetic spectrum that ranges from infrared lights to ultraviolet (UV) light. The light spectrum is also measured in nanometers (nm).

Visible light can range anywhere from 380 nanometers to approximately 750 nanometers. Every organic being on this planet is dependent on light to thrive and survive.

Although sunlight allows a complete spectrum in the form of wavelengths to organic life, it can be quite inefficient for indoor growers. Below, we have provided a fundamental guide to understanding which level of lighting is most effective:

Lighting and the Vegetative Stage

Most studies have shown that lights in the Ultraviolet range are extremely beneficial for the overall body of the plant. Ultraviolet lights, or simply ‘blue light’ is essential in promoting and maintaining healthy and hearty leaves during the vegetative stage.

This is achieved indoors by using lights such as compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs or metal halide light bulbs. The lights aforementioned are capable of producing 400 to 500 nanometers of lights, or the latter end of the UV light spectrum.



These lights mimic the Sun’s ability to give off the appropriate amount of blue light during the Summer and Spring seasons. 460 nanometers are often regarded as the model number of nanometers of light for cannabis during the vegetative stage.

Green light (495-570 nanometers) has been proven to be the benefactor in yielding lettuce, however, this is not the case when cultivating cannabis.

Lighting and the Flowering Period


When your cannabis plants have become ready to enter the flowering period, the most effective light is infrared or red light. Infrared lighting falls in the range from 620 nanometers to about 780 nanometers.


The goal of the flowering period is to yield the most buds your cannabis plants can physiologically produce.


Scientists have shown that infrared lighting brings the rate of photosynthesis to its apex versus any other light on the spectrum. Some cases note that 660 is an exceptional number of nanometers to produce those big buds.


Infrared lighting imitates the red wavelengths showcased by our Sun during the dog days of Summer and Fall. There is also little evidence that yellow light (570-590 nanometers) is useful for cannabis in its flowering period.


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Cultivation, Grow Help

Many elements make up our world; they are helpful as well as harmful. When it comes to growing cannabis, your choice of medium is important. Moreover, the elements growers feed their cannabis are the factors that determine their plants’ life, their yield and their overall health.

Keep reading for a WeGrow guide to the periodic elements that you should include in your soil. They will surely boost the growth of your garden!

Nitrogen (N)

The average grower recognizes Nitrogen as a ‘fertilizer’. However, Nitrogen possesses many other beneficial properties. For cannabis to produce the proper sugars as well as photosynthesize effectively, Nitrogen is crucial.

Thanks to this macronutrient, your cannabis yields those luscious thick hunter green leaves and bountiful buds. Conversely, most professional growers will inform you that your cannabis needs less Nitrogen during the flowering stage.

Potassium (K)

Second, we have Potassium (K). Most people hear the term ‘potassium’ and think of bananas. However, growers should understand that this macronutrient is also extremely integral to the health of your plants.

Growers also recognize this element as a fertilizer. They use potassium to promote effective water use, deter harmful pathogens and even strengthen their plants on a cellular level.

Moreover, growers use potassium to prevent the yellowing of their plants’ leaves, which is a symptom of a cannabis plant stricken with a plant disease. By including the proper percentage of Potassium in the soil, they are sure to promote the overall vitality of their garden.

Phosphorus (P)

Lastly, we have Phosphorus (P). This element is also a macronutrient with its own share of tremendous properties. Similar to Nitrogen, Phosphorous plays a huge role in the photosynthesis of your cannabis plants. Thanks to Phosphorous, the energy absorbed by the cannabis plant can be effectively distributed throughout its parts.

The metabolic control held by Phosphorus is essential to the overall plant health. Growers who add the appropriate amount of Phosphorus to their soil can yield fantastic results when it is time to harvest their cannabis.

The Magic Formula of Growing 

Now that you have a better understanding of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, it is time to learn the balance between these macronutrients. Brands group these three fertilizers together as ‘N-P-K’ due to their periodic table representation. All plants, including cannabis, need a certain percentage of the 3 for optimal vegetation and flowering.

Professional growers will tell you that high levels of Nitrogen as well as Potassium coupled with high Phosphorus levels during the vegetative stage is quite ideal. When flowering your cannabis, it is preferred that growers substantially cut back on the Nitrogen while providing medium and high levels of phosphorus and potassium respectfully.

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Legalization, Technology

WeGrow’s exclusive weekly guide to current happenings across the cannabis industry. Keep reading to find information on legislature, trends & news.

Cannabis Expo rolls into Ottawa (via Ottawa Citizen)


Cannabis & Hemp Expo’s Kevin Blackburn’s assertion that cannabis has been in the spotlight “for a few months now” is putting lightly the international scrutiny that has been swirling for the better part of a decade. Legalization efforts have become exponentially prevalent, and therefore it is safe to say that the public eye has been trained on legal marijuana for a more than while.

The expo touts cannabis cooking exhibitions, seminars on the future of the industry, grow equipment vendors and any other associated legal entities. Events like Ottawa’s Cannabis & Hemp Expo are necessary to eradicate the stigma of cannabis. Once the mainstream public realizes that legality is being upheld it will naturally gravitate towards cannabis and its many advantages.

It may take a while for government sanctioned seed banks to be able to supply Canada with the seeds new growers will need. Luckily there already are resources. Follow Ace The Grow for product help, and WeGrow for grow help & advice!

 

Local Shops target Cannabis Growers despite Lack of Seeds (via ChatNewsToday.ca)

The Canadian “seed dilemma” is still at the forefront of the recent federal legalization. Citizens still have no government sanctioned places to buy seeds. Therefore any plants propagated with alternatively obtained seeds are illegal. This hasn’t stopped savvy businesses owners from starting to get ready for the inevitable growing rush that will come.

Unsurprisingly, the major producers in the Canadian cannabis game do not even have seeds on the radar. Companies are focusing instead on harvested plant product (dried flower, pre-rolls and edible oils). Producers are clearly attempting to capitalize on the green rush while the iron is hot.

It is only a matter of time, however, that the Canadian public will be granted access to seed banks. Citizens will therefore be in control of their own self-care. Because genetics and growing are both delicate processes, the company Organigram asserts, “Should we decide to offer genetic materials for home growing, we will want to ensure Canadians who choose to work with our genetics are educated, prepared and set up for success.” – With resources such as WeGrow and Ace The Grow, being prepared is not a daunting task but an exciting endeavor.

 

Assembly speaker promises action soon on weed, minimum wage (via NJTVonline.com)


It appears New Jersey is soon to join the recent recreational marijuana legalization trend. Medical marijuana has been in effect for some time now in the state. Now a bill allowing adult use is set for a vote. 

Women, minority, and veteran-owned small businesses will be getting preferential treatment. This comes after a public backlash over the hypocrisy of legalizing something that has been detrimental to the disenfranchised.

Small-time marijuana offenses are set to be expunged according to the new bill. This would also go a long way to even the playing field. The bill will remove judicial set-backs that often prevent those with blemishes on their records from benefiting economically from cannabis legalization.

Michigan voters approve proposal to legalize recreational marijuana  (via Click on Detroit


Michigan recently made another landmark decision. It became the first state in the midwest to legalize recreational pot for adult use. The overwhelming margin by which Michigan residents approved the measure is another indication of the coming trends in legislature throughout the nation.

Sweeping Democratic victories in the midterm election have ensured a progressive nature to the upcoming political climate. Therefore, the issue of cannabis legalization will continue to be at the forefront for years to come.

This will be a big boost for places like Detroit. And, maybe the citizens of Flint can finally be provided with clean water. These are the dreams of those that view cannabis not only as a great medicine, but also as an economic savior.

Of course, such as in Colorado the change will not be an instant one. While the language of the new law has been offered, it will still take a long time to develop individual policies on a state level. Luckily, Michigan lawmakers have many templates to look at when deciding on the appropriate policies.


Can you legally grow your own pot? Yes – but no. At least for now. Here’s why  (via Global News)


Should individuals be allowed to cultivate? Of course, we believe the answer is unequivocally and decidedly ‘Yes’, however not all (mostly lawmakers) are convinced. Yet. Lawmakers are scrutinizing all the specific ins and outs of cultivation, and understandably this is becoming a long and arduous process.

As with anything that is concerned with any government entity, all good things come with a Catch-22 which in this case comes in the form of not being able to purchase legal seeds (because there are no places sanctioned to sell them).

They are working on it though. It seems that the public will be able to purchase seeds within 3 months, just in time for the spring planting season. The countryside and everywhere else will certainly be smelling and tasting the sweet fruits of their efforts. However, existing medicinal users are beginning to be pushed out due to the large numbers of recreational users flooding the market. Expedient measures taken to get seeds to the public will work well to cover that demand.

Be sure to keep following WeGrow for the latest news, tricks, tips & hacks to keep you informed on all things related to the cannabis industry!

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From the time your seedling germinates to the time you make your last feeding before harvesting mature buds –  the health, stability, and ultimately a satisfying yield depend instrumentally on the nutrients.

Understanding the specific needs of the cannabis plant is crucial for optimal growth. WeGrow is here to help guide you through the nutrient selection process. Following a timely feeding schedule during vegetative growth will ensure your young plants receive ample fortification and nourishment to prepare for the next step: the flowering cycle. Throughout the flowering cycle the cannabis plant requires certain new combinations of nutrients to make a fruitful bloom happen.

Keep reading for some exclusive WeGrow tips to make your nutrient search quick, painless and affordable:

Vegetative Growth:

As your seed, cutting or clone grows, it requires a base level of nutrient fortification to keep it on track. Since your (hopefully) healthy young cannabis plant has yet to have time to develop deficiencies, it is important to include a bit of preventative practice. This will ensure that it is getting accustomed to nutrients that will help it overcome problems later. “A” & “B” classified nutrients are a cannabis industry standard and are sold by many brands.



These nutrients will be your plants’ regular feed for the entirety of its life cycle.

You should use these nutrients as a base in conjunction with other supplements that we will detail below:

 




Rapid Start:

RapidStart is a an extremely helpful solution that delivers nourishment to the roots of the plant, while simultaneously supporting the plant’s growth and ultimate yield. This “rooting enhancer” can be used in both major stages of the cannabis plant’s life cycle.


Cal Mag:

Cal-Mag Plus is an essential supplement meant to account for deficiencies that may occur within the plant’s growth cycle. When used with other essential nutrients, Cal-Mag Plus’ supply of calcium, magnesium and iron work to ensure a healthy and robust harvest. It should be used in both vegetative and flowering stages.

 

Flowering:

So, you’ve made it through your plants’ vegetative stage, you’ve settled them into their new bigger pot environments, they are looking strong and now you are ready to “flip” them into flowering. The first two weeks of the flowering cycle (8 week total as standard, some strains may take longer/shorter to fully mature) are vital to how the plants starts to develop buds. It is important to keep a heightened “A” & “B” regimen in addition to these time-dependent supplements:

P/K:
As you near your 2nd week of flowering, add some Phosphorous & Potassium for higher yields. 


Bloom Solution:

Utilizing an effective Bloom Solution is very important to your garden’s flowering period. Be sure to add this supplement to your regular feedings, but do not overfeed. 


Knowing the right nutrients to use is certainly crucial, but it is also extremely important to understand when NOT to use them. This occurs twice during a plant’s growth cycle. The first is immediately after you have taken your cuttings; introducing nutrients right away will shock the young clones, stunting their growth and often times causing your young plant to die. Spray nutrient-less filtered water on the fan leaves to ensure proper moisture.

The second time you should not use nutrients is before harvesting; allow at least a full week of nutrient-less filtered watering to ensure that your harvest tastes and smells great!

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As the old Scottish proverb states, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” This is none all too true than in the case of the cannabis industry. As the demands for better products grow larger, more and more technology & innovation is starting to emerge. Therefore, small to mid-sized growers now have many options at their disposal when it comes to choosing their path to a great harvest.


WeGrow is here to help you stay informed on the similarities and differences, features, advantages & drawbacks of both indoor and outdoor cultivation.

Outdoor Growing


The History:

Outdoor cannabis is one of the most ancient plants that have been studied and identified as having psychoactive compounds. It evolved from the steppes of Central Asia. The cannabis plant’s 12,000+ year history is full of references to spirituality, nobility, and stature.

It has been used as an anesthetic in ancient medicine dating as far back as 4000 BC. The dump sites of the hunters and gatherers were rich in nutrients. Thus, unsurprisingly they served as great breeding grounds for the marijuana plant. From there, the “holy herb” traveled through the early world. Cannabis finally landed in the United States by way of Mexico in the early 20th century.  

The Logistics:

First, it is important to understand that cultivating cannabis outdoors is a highly unstable venture. Growers who grow outdoors are subject to many factors. These factors can alter the trajectory of their plants in many negative ways. From the unintended cross pollination of the plants due to pollen in the air from male plants, to adverse and unpredictable weather conditions, outdoor grows are certainly stressful.

However, there are of course several key advantages to cultivating marijuana outdoors. The natural sunlight, ample space, & healthy soil all work together to stretch your outdoor plants to their highest potential. What your plants will lack in stability, if all goes well, they’ll make up in quantity of harvest.

Indoor Growing


The History:

Of course, indoor grows are a much more recent development. Forced underground due to the unfair characterization of the drug as dangerous, growers who knew better started to develop techniques that would mimic the natural environment suitable for cannabis cultivation.

Necessity certainly bred innovation, and now the indoor cannabis boom is in full swing. From lighting tech such as VividGro products, to grow help & information, modern growers are in luck. Channels now exist for individuals in legal states to cultivate their own quality bud. This is certainly great news for growers that may not necessarily have the space to grow outdoors, or may not want the hassle of adverse conditions potentially ruining their crop.

The Logistics:

For growers in states where it is legal to cultivate, the indoor option is the more optimal choice simply because of the level of ultimate control they are able to exert. By following proper water management, using the appropriate tools, and knowing the ins and outs of the process (flower cycle, veg cycle) growers will surely come away with a great harvest and less stress.

While you may not get the biggest harvests from your indoor garden, dialing in the factors above will create potent, pungent, sticky buds that are less prone to developing seeds or deficiencies.

In a head-to-head showdown, we’d have to give it to Indoor grows over outdoors grows, mostly due to the stability of the growing environment.

Classic Strains (Outdoor)

Classic Strains (Indoor)

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Certainly, the “Green Wave” is continuing its way through the nation. Because of this, more and more states are beginning to consider legalizing marijuana. Consequently, cannabis and cannabis-related products now seem to be moving to the center of the pain-management discussion.

Finally, the negative stigma that has been associated with the drug is beginning to fade. And therefore, discerning cannabis enthusiasts in each state should surely be aware of the legal aspects of handling the substance.

Another piece of good news comes from assessing and implementing the legislature of already established cannabis-legal states; due to these trailblazers, researchers and growers alike can now take an unbiased look at what worked for those states and use that as a template throughout the country.

Keep reading for an exclusive WeGrow breakdown of some major players in the medicinal/recreational cannabis spectrum. If you live in any one of these states, or just plan to visit for some cannabis tourism, be sure to pay close attention to the following do’s and don’ts:


California

First, we come to the “Golden State”, thusly named due to its role in the gold rush of the late 19th century. It is also one of the first states to recently experience the ‘green rush’. California’s cannabis boom stems from the measurable success of its medicinal marijuana legalization which happened in 1996 and covers patients with various illnesses. Exactly 10 years later, Proposition 64 (which allowed recreational use) passed by a considerable margin.


Certainly, California’s climate is almost a completely natural fit for the cannabis plant. Because there is so much ample sunshine and warmth, the conditions in this state are ideal. Consequently, those growers lucky enough to have outdoor farms will tell you just how big, bountiful and therefore worthwhile their annual grows end up. Due to all this, a visit to the local dispensary throughout the state will reveal an environment bursting with California flavor, with such staples as OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, & Jack Herer dominating most of the prime counter space.

The Breakdown:

Personal Use: Adults over 21 able to possess up to 1 oz.

Sale/Delivery: Gifts of 28.5 grams or less allowed

Cultivation: Adults over 21 able to cultivate up to 6 plants

Popular Strains

Be sure to follow WeGrow for indoor growing tips, and Ace The Grow for product information & reviews.


Oregon

Secondly in our State-By-State Cannabis Law guide, we have Oregon. Unofficially nicknamed “The Beaver State”, similarly to California, Oregon is one of several western American states to legally embrace cannabis in the last quarter century. “The Oregon Trail” has been revived in a cannabis-centered way: it is a trail being blazed by entrepreneurs and enthusiasts alike in a new frontier of wellness.


Certainly, perhaps one of the most important facts about Oregon and cannabis is that in 1973 the state became the first in the nation to decriminalize personal use. Medicinal legalization measures were enacted in 1998, and full recreational legalization occurred in 2015.

The Breakdown:

Personal Use: Adults over 21 able to possess 1 oz. or less in public, 8 oz. or less at home

Delivery: 1 oz. or less homegrown without compensation is legal

Cultivation: 4 plants per household

Popular Strains

Be sure to follow WeGrow for indoor growing tips, and Ace The Grow for product information & reviews.


Washington State

Next, we continue north to Oregon’s neighbor, “The Evergreen State” as it is unofficially known. The moniker not only reflects its sprawling forests of green, but also Washington State’s attitude towards cannabis. It decriminalized medicinal use in 1997, and followed with legalization of personal use in 2012.

The fundamental difference between Washington State and other legal states is that you are unable to legally grow your own cannabis. Perhaps in the coming years by observing the actions and data of other nearby states, Washington will begin to allow its citizens to cultivate.

The Breakdown:

Personal Use: Adults over 21 able to possess up to 1 oz

Sale/Distribution: Illegal

Cultivation: Illegal

Popular Strains


Colorado

Lastly, we come to our weed-friendly-western-states’ neighbor to the east: “The Centennial State”. Colorado’s monumental groundbreaking 100 years after the inception of the United States, and because of this it has engendered the pioneer spirit within its citizens. Hence, this is decidedly reflected in the state’s favorable cannabis policy.

With some gold rush involvement also in its history, Colorado has since taken its part in the green rush as well, and for good reason!

Colorado voted to legalize medicinal marijuana use for patients in 2000, and full recreational legalization for adults came in 2012. The natural springs cascading down from the Rocky Mountains provide the freshest water source for fortunate outdoor growers. However, with adverse winter conditions there is therefore also a burgeoning indoor cultivation scene.

The Breakdown:

Personal Use: Adults over 21 able to possess up to 1 oz.

Sale/Distribution: up to 4 oz. is a Misdemeanor

Cultivation: 6 plants per adult, 12 plants max per household

Popular Strains


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Finally, you’ve gotten through ‘The Veg Cycle’ ! (Whew) Congrats! It is now time for the most arduous but rewarding part of the journey to great looking and great tasting buds.

WeGrow is here to help guide you through the essentials of proper flowering. From start to finish, if done the right way, the benefits of your time and attention will come back to you for months and perhaps even years to come.

Hopefully through timely plant management you’ve been able to get your garden looking green, strong, and ready for flowering. And now, let’s kick things into ‘High’ gear. Ready… Set… Grow!

How/When do I start the Flowering Cycle?


Many first-time growers think that the bigger they make their plants during the few months of vegging the better. Although this isn’t necessarily the case, there are certain basic conditions that need to be met so that you make the best out of your plants.

Traditionally, 2 months of vegging and 2 months of flowering is the standard for most growers. Whether you have 6 plants or 60, the key to knowing when to induce flowering lies within the plants themselves. Pay attention to them and they’ll give you the signal.

By this we mean that you should be able to tell that the main branches are strong, flexible and putting out shoots of new and developing branches. No matter the height of the plant, once the branches turn harder and less freshly green they are now ready to handle the weight of the incoming buds.

Consequently, as your plants get to the point of flower they will begin to produce an unmistakable scent dependant on their strain. It’s almost as if they’re enticing you to let their full beauty show by beginning the flowering cycle. If you begin to see, feel and smell these things — it’s time!

First, make sure your flowering environment is entirely free of light exposure. For the first 36 hours of flowering, be sure to keep the lights completely off. After the 36 hours, you are now able to start the 12hr on/12 hr off cycle. Within the first week, you’ll start to see elongated hairs protruding from the branches, and by the 3rd week you’ll start to see your first young buds.  

Essential Nutrients for Flowering

With so many different nutrient products on the market these days it’s important to know which ones are really needed. As your plants move into their first week, you’ll see the start of some growth, and by the third week they’ll have buds developing.

Therefore, during the 2nd week it is important to introduce measured amounts of PK (Phosphate & Potassium) solution. This will boost initial growth for the young plants. If deficiencies appear, be sure to implement some CalMag (Calcium Magnesium) supplements into your regimen with each feeding.

For small to mid-sized growers and especially for those that are just starting out, it is best to start out with a simple Bloom solution. This will kick-start your flowering cycle by providing such essential fertilizers as bat guano (don’t worry, it’s processed in the solution and doesn’t smell!), earthworm castings, rock phosphate & kelp, in addition to the PK. WeGrow recommends FoxFarm for organic gardening.

Cropping/Effective Plant Management


Growers who pay attention close attention to their plants will also do well to carefully adjust them as needed during flowering. By using a process called ‘Lollypopping’ (which we will cover more in depth in an upcoming blog), you meticulously cut the unnecessary parts of the plants that hinder the growth of the upper canopy.


If possible, be sure to change positions (without disturbing their balance) of the plants every couple of days to make sure they get uniform light coverage. By reaching and stretching in different directions to catch light your plants will challenge themselves to develop more and therefore yield a bigger and better harvest.

Notable Strains

NYC Sour Diesel


For a great 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid, look no further than this classic strain. It has a great aroma, unmistakable taste, and a high that will have you feeling great for hours. This one test higher on the yield spectrum and takes 49 days to flower properly.

Purple Headband


This aesthetically pleasing purple princess is another great 50/50 hybrid. Although not quite as big of a yield as the Sour Diesel, this strain more than makes up for it with its pungent smell & taste. – Also at least 49 days of flowering for this one.


The Flowering cycle is the most attention-demanding but also rewarding period in your growing experience. If you do it right you’ll reap the benefits for a long time. But, if you do it wrong you’ve just wasted 4 months of hard work!


Follow WeGrow to ensure that doesn’t happen. Stay tuned for more information, tips, tricks & hacks to get your garden looking grand! Happy Growing!  


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Here at WeGrow, we like to see our growers thrive! That’s why we arm you with all the latest and exclusive cultivation tips to make your harvests the best they can be. Because not everything concerning your plants’ health has to come from the inside of the plant, WeGrow is here to help. ‘Fimming’ and ‘Topping’ are two techniques that all growers should know.

Timely cropping is effective for many different varieties of plant life, but it is especially important for indoor cannabis cultivation.  

Keep reading for an exclusive guide to the specific advantages and uses of ‘fimming’ and ‘topping’.

What is ‘Topping’?

First, it is important to know what to look for when you are getting ready to crop and ‘sculpt’ your plants. Here, growers should be looking for the little fresh nodes of leaf that shoot out of the main branches of the cannabis plant during ‘vegging’:


Within this node, there is a new branch waiting to form. ‘Topping’ is the act of splitting open this kernel and snapping off the main vein. The more kernels you snap off the more ‘tops’ you will have. As you gain experience in this, the act will become natural to you. Doing this will create another branch, and therefore more budding sites.

What is ‘Fimming’?


Fimming can be described as “topping to the max”. With this technique you are taking the same node, finding its kernel and making a broad cut. Holding it with your thumb and finger and use your nails to make a nice pinch:

Unlike topping, here you are leaving the main vain intact and instead making sure to crop the leafy parts above it. Similarly to topping, however, this will cause the plant to widen and to create more budding sites.

What’s the Difference?

For most growers, the main difference here depends largely upon the size of your grow. If you have a lot of room to work with, fimming would be your best bet because it will really make your plants wide and robust. More branches means more buds. It is also beneficial if you are training your plants to grow more squat than tall.

If you have limited space but still want to ensure optimization, topping will be your best choice. Your plants may not have the width of those that have been fimmed, however you will still get extra offshoots and more buds with this method.

Cannabis cultivation is a science that depends on the diligence of its scientists. Small to mid-sized growers in the 21st century are lucky to have lots of information at hand. Growers who know how to crop their plants properly will surely reap the benefits of their efforts.

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Legalization
WeGrow’s exclusive weekly guide to current happenings across the cannabis industry. Keep reading to find information on legislature, trends & news.

2018 Election Season: Cannabis Legalization Update (via Greenhouse Grower)

WeGrow Analysis:

The 2018 election season seems to be shaping up nicely for cannabis advocates in several states, include some which are admittedly surprising (but not shocking). Given the current political landscape, and also the fact that many states have begun to hit the 10 year mark of medical marijuana, it is becoming quite apparent that the proverbial tide is turning.

The mere fact that “roughly 63 million Americans now live in jurisdictions in which any individuals aged 21 and over can possess marijuana legally” – is monumental. Due to this continued sprawl into ‘legal’ status, the overwhelmingly good news is that cannabis culture, innovation, & education will continue to grow exponentially. At VividGro, we are committed to providing the latest information for the coming demand of homegrows, and we are also committed to providing products that will help the mainstream grower to achieve full potential to provide self-care.

Because more and more states are beginning to legalize, the federal government has no choice but to pay attention. Several bills introduced to Congress would not only legalize the use of cannabis, but would provide incentives for states to remove marijuana incarcerations from the records of many, and also to free those currently imprisoned – which would be a great, great thing.

“While we may still be a few years away from any sort of Federal legalization discussions as it relates to legislation things like cannabis banking may get some serious traction after the mid-term elections, which would be a material positive step forward!” – David Friedman, President (VividGro)

Link to Original Article:
https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/2018-election-season-cannabis-legalization-update/

Cannabis IQ: Legalization Leaves medical users stranded (via Global News)


WeGrow Analysis:

It seems that Canada’s celebration over their federal legalization of cannabis on October 18th, 2018 was short-lived, at least for some. In a development that shouldn’t surprise anyone, the flood of demand after federal legalization has began to drown out the needs of those that were medical patients prior to it.

Hasty proceedings without proper planning seem to be what has transpired. Certainly, the lawmakers should have considered more structured regulations that would have prevented those with non-medical uses to get the drug ahead of medical patients. Although unfortunate, this is a lesson for American lawmakers if and when it they intend to legalize on a federal level.

Personal grow knowledge and less restrictions on the seeds, etc. are solutions to this crisis. Once the public is able to cultivate freely, with help from companies such as VividGro the mainstream users will be able to generate ample medicine for themselves. Such shortages, therefore, would happen less frequently as reliance on suppliers will wane.

“The notion of Medical cannabis may start to blur as recreational use comes online. There is no other drug on the planet that is legal for both recreational and medical use. As this happens the ability for patients to self-medicate and produce their own plants will continue to increase.” – David Friedman, President (VividGro)

Link to Original Article: https://globalnews.ca/news/4600300/cannabis-iq-2/

Cannabis is Booming on P.E.I. (via CBC News)


WeGrow Analysis:

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” is the current slogan for the entrepreneurial inhabitants of Prince Edward Island. Ever since its federal legalization on October 18th, the demand and commerce of cannabis has sky rocketed into the stratosphere, opening the eyes and opening the wallets of citizens everywhere. Naturally, a lot of people are going to want to get in on the action.

Cannabis tourism is becoming a familiar term on P.E.I., and people are even offering paid lessons on cultivation, $20 a pop. Luckily however, with resources such as Ace the Grow and WeGrow, mainstream cannabis consumers no longer have to rely on outside sources for their information. With instant access to growing guides, users do not have to leave their homes in order to further educate themselves and ultimately provide themselves with a great medicine.

The “it’s no different than alcohol” tag may work in a regulatory sense, but the truth is that the medicinal benefits of cannabis far outweigh the medicinal benefits of alcohol, and therefore spending more time on cannabis regulation rather than education seems to be very counterproductive.    

“The lack of infrastructure in the industry still lends itself to a bit of a free-for-all and reliable education needs to be a priority for the industry if we are going to be responsible about our growth.” – David Friedman, President (VividGro)

Link to Original Article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-cannabis-business-marijuana-booming-1.4878054

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Grow Help



Small to mid-sized growers with indoor home-grows will tell you to pay close attention during your plants’ ‘Veg Cycle’. It is the time that your young seedlings or clones need the most care. Therefore, having a top notch regimen is crucial.

From the nutrients that you use, to the amount and type of light that you give, every little detail matters. Experienced growers with many harvests under their belts will agree. Yielding those sticky, smelly, & potent buds depends completely on a hearty veg cycle.

WeGrow is here to help guide you to a fruitful harvest. Keep reading for some exclusive cultivation tips, tricks and hacks!

Nutrients


Firstly, the most important nutrient tip we can give to growers is to “start small”. By this we mean that because your plants are just starting their lifespan, you always want to start with the lowest ppm (parts per million) levels of nutrients.

While your first instinct may be to jump start your plants by drenching them with food, this is wrong. Too much nutrients too soon will shock the plants and set them back greatly.

Our next tip to ensure proper ‘vegging’ is to have some supplemental nutrients to help your plants overcome deficiencies. Be sure to include low levels of CalMag (calcium-magnesium) in your regular feedings. Increase as needed.

As plants develop above their medium, their roots need to be nourished too. Use some Rapid Start with each feeding to ensure healthy root systems.

Light Ratios

Next, indoor growers need to pay special attention to their light sources during the veg cycle. We recommend the VividGro GroBar. These lights will ensure that your plants get full coverage while being extremely energy efficient.


Growers also need to be careful about how large or small they make their plants’ photoperiod. For plants to remain in the vegetative state they need at least 18 hours of light per day. 24 hours of uninterrupted light is the industry standard, but it is not necessary.

Temperature


Lastly, successful growers need to control the heat index of their gardens. Cannabis plants cannot survive extremes swings of temperature. Be sure to stay on top of this factor, especially during the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer. Indoor grows depends on electricity. And because power outages and equipment failures are common, it pays to be careful.

Keep your vegging plants at a temperature around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Dropping below 60 degrees or reaching above 84 degrees is not conducive to proper growth.

The ‘Veg Cycle’ of your cannabis plants is a crucial time. It is a period in which they grow, strengthen and develop into mature plants capable of robust flowering. Following these tips will make your harvests soar!

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