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Photos vs. Autos

Photos versus autos: a comparisonIn the wake of cannabis legalization, growers have more options than ever when it comes to selecting genetics and strains. An important choice to make is whether to cultivate photoperiod plants (photos) or autoflowering ones (autos). Let’s look at what makes photos and autos unique and the key differences to consider when selecting between these varieties.PhotosPhotoperiod, also known as photoperiodic or photosensitive, cannabis plants get their name from photoperiodism, the physiological reaction of plants to the …

Cannabis Life Cycles

In the wild, cannabis goes through three phases during its life cycle: (1) seeds germinate and seedlings sprout from seed; (2) the young plants grow vegetatively, marked by the proliferation of roots, stems and leaves; and (3) the plants mature, budding and flowering or ripening, until they reach sexual maturity, when they drop seed.[1] Understanding the crop life cycle is important for commercial cannabis production. Unless a grower grows an auto-flowering variety, light is the main driver of the “flip” between …

Starting with Seeds, Clones or Tissue Culture

Growers can start cannabis cultivation from seeds, clones or tissue culture.Starter plants are crucial to successful cannabis cultivation. They are the foundation for high-quality genetics and cannabinoid-profile consistency. But they can also introduce problems out of the gate, particularly pests and diseases. For example, hop latent viroid (HLVd), also known as dudding disease, one of the biggest threats to cannabis production,[1] can easily spread through infected propagation material. Deciding whether to start with seeds, clones or tissue culture depends on a …

Maximizing Yield with Emerald Harvest

Whether you're an experienced grower or just beginning, targeting a maximum yield is always a top priority. With Emerald Harvest's premium nutrients and supplements, you have every product necessary to amazing plants that always meet expectations. In this blog post, we will look at some expert tips and strategies to help you use Emerald Harvest products to their fullest potential! Identify Your Plants Needs Before using any nutrient line, it is important for growers to understand the needs of their plant at …

Top 3 Most Popular Cannabis Strains

For cannabis growers, what the best strain is; is a lifelong debate. Among the endless varieties cultivated over the last two and a half decades, a select few have risen above the rest, captivating growers with their desirable qualities. These strains, revered for their potency, flavor, and effects, stand as pillars of genetic dedication. Blue DreamSativa-Dominant Hybrid Blue Dream is created by crossing strains "Blueberry" and "Haze". Often revered for it's creative, uplifting and energetic feeling, Blue Dream was one of the …
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Germany Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

By a staggering vote of 407 to 226, German parliamentary members have decided to legalize recreational cannabis use in Germany for those aged 18 and above. On April 1st 2024, German residents will be able to grow up to 3 plants for their own private consumption, with up to 50g possession at home, and up to 25g in public.Approximately 9% of the German population use cannabis in the current black market, making it a less reliable and more dangerous method of …

Choosing a Growing Method

Cannabis can be cultivated outdoors, in an open field, or indoors, either within the protection of a greenhouse or in a grow room, a sophisticated indoor controlled growing space that uses artificial light and other inputs. Deciding which growing method to use depends on climatic conditions, available resources and cost.Differences among growing methodsThe primary difference between outdoor and indoor cannabis cultivation is the level of control growers have.Outdoors, cannabis is grown like most traditional agricultural crops: in soil, often unmulched, …

Choosing the Right Strain

The choice of strain, or cultivar,[1] primarily depends on customer preferences. Factors to consider include intended use and desired effects, as well as preferred fragrance, color and flavor. For commercial growers, yield potential is another important consideration.These factors also align with the grower’s commercial needs. After all, quality determines price per weight and yield determines quantity, or sales volume.Selecting for qualityBy quality, we mean fragrance, flavor, color and potency—all of which are significantly determined by genetics.Let’s talk about potency first, …

What Happened to the Cannabis Industry?

What happened to the cannabis industry? For most of the twentieth century, constrained by the slim profit margins of commoditized agricultural produce such as corn or wheat, very little R&D was earmarked for improving agricultural inputs. The notable exception was genetics; the lion's share of research went into improving yields via seeds, including GMOs. However, in the final decades of the last century, incentivized by the high profit margins of cash crops like cannabis, hydroponic R&D took off, yielding leading-edge fertilizers and …

Recreational Grower Sets Record Using Emerald Harvest

What I like about growing is that it makes me feel free.                -Freegrow8Embarking on the journey of setting a growing record is no small endeavor, and yet, some growers seem to effortlessly surpass the ordinary standards. One such cultivator, known as @freegrow8 on Instagram, has not only embraced the challenge but has thrived in it.For years now, @freegrow8 has been a dedicated user of Emerald Harvest Nutrients, and the results speak for themselves. … News

Silicon: The Truth

Silicon is the second-most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, and it bonds with oxygen to create silicon dioxide, also known as silica, the main component of sand, clay, granite, amethyst, quartz, glass, computer chips, and fiber-optic cables.Silica is also the form of silicon, when it finally comes to rest in plant tissues such as stalks, stems and leaves, that delivers plant benefits. But first silicon must take a long road, going through many chemical conversions—from silicate to silicic acid …
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Liquid vs. Powder

Liquid nutrients are easier, more reliable, and cost effective. But how? Contrary to belief, they are not merely diluted dry powders. Liquid concentrates are, in fact, nutrient-rich, pre-mixed solutions that offer superior consistency and performance compared with their dry counterparts. Unlike dry powders, which require conversion into liquid concentrates before application, liquid fertilizers come ready in a concentrated liquid form. The process of preparing a nutrient stock solution from a liquid concentrate is uncomplicated, hassle-free and convenient. This is because the nutrients are …