Throughout history, two of the main concerns for entrepreneurs around the world have been optimizing and maximizing the use of their existing resources. The cannabis cultivation industry is no different.
For the small to mid-sized grower, expenses need to be kept low. Ace The Grow is here to help guide you in the right direction!
The Ace The Grow team is here to say, “Money Isn’t Everything!” – There are ways of optimizing your garden by honing specific techniques and paying close attention to key focal points of cultivation.
Re-purposing Grow Materials
Small to mid-sized growers go through various materials that are suggested to be discarded after use. Examples of these include: used soil/coco, plastic gloves, cloning cubes, etc. etc. These would not do well after a single use, however, there are other items present in the grow process that can stand multiple uses. For example: hemp/plastic pots, wood/plastic stakes, trellising, and even water!
Wash and reuse your hemp pots for the next harvest, along with all the stakes and still-intact trellis. This will keep your expenses low and save you multiple trips to the grow store. Recycling water is also possible! As you incorporate your dehumidifier, feel free use the leftover condensed water in your grow.
Water Usage/Nutrient Measurement
Continuing on the theme of the above topic, making sure you do not overuse your filtered water and paying close attention to your nutrient distribution are both crucial optimization techniques. Being haphazard in regards to your water output doesn’t just concern your wallet; it also concerns the health of your plants as well – too much water harms the roots and stunts their growth.
There are few things worse than wasting the precious environmental resources we have been given. This is never truer than in the case of the cannabis grower. Your daily nutrients require a rigid measurement each and every time, and the results will be clearly visible. Growers who pay close attention to the proper levels of nutrients at all stages of growth will ensure optimization.
Optimization in this sense is knowing which plants to choose when beginning to clone for the next round. You want to be looking for the greenest and strongest plants. Ones that look resilient and most responsive to your light source are usually the strongest candidates to continue.
Growers can take ‘cuts’ (clones) at any time during the vegetative or flowering stage, however it is recommended to take clones a few weeks before commencing the flowering stage. Timely cloning will ensure optimization as your well-considered young clones will be following a pertinent time-cycle.
Optimization: Using the Whole Plant
In the modern age of cannabis culture and cannabis cultivation, there is no longer a valid reason not to utilize as much of this ‘miracle’ plant as you can. From the obvious commercialized uses like concentrates and CBD, to other less obvious uses, you can be assured that optimization can occur after harvest too!
You can use your dried main branches for kindling or for stakes in your next harvest. As you hand-trim with special trimming gloves, the sticky resin will form clumps on your hands. You may want to peel them off to use as bowl toppers! And finally, use all those fan leaves you take off during the cycle. Growers can use the leaves they harvest to make delicious and healthy foods such as salads, shakes and more!
In the past, cannabis cultivation was left to the large-scale and well-versed growers. Modern times have changed things, and with Ace The Grow the small to midsize cultivator has the advantage to utilize optimization techniques to achieve maximum results.
Follow these tips and your harvest will surely be robust! Happy Growing!