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How Light Affects Cannabinoid Production

Light is the primary energy source for plants. Not only is it necessary for photosynthesis, but certain wavelengths impact the accumulation of secondary metabolites, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.This blog post unpacks the impact of the light spectrum on cannabis and how different wavelengths influence yield, cannabinoid production and plant morphology.Light spectrum and intensityThe light spectrum is determined by wavelengths. For instance, ultraviolet light encompasses a part of the spectrum whose wavelength is 10–400 nanometers (nm).The sun emits light with …
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Carbohydrate Supplementation

Produced through photosynthesis, carbohydrates are a plant’s primary source of energy, and they play important functions in plant development. While cannabis plants synthesize carbs on their own, providing supplemental carbohydrates can save the plant energy, allowing it to divert that energy to other processes, including budding and flowering. In this blog post, we explain what carbohydrates are, the roles they play, and why growers may want to consider supplementing their plants with carbs.What are carbohydrates?Carbohydrates (CH2On) are organic compounds made …
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How to Maximize Photoperiod

Light is a primary driver of plant growth. For many cannabis genotypes, the photoperiod plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including determining when a plant will flower. When growing these genotypes indoors, it is important to know how long the photoperiod should be in different phases of their development.By managing the duration and intensity of light exposure, growers can control the flowering phase, extend the growing season to facilitate year-round production, and increase yields in doing so.What …
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How Amino Acids Promote Plant Growth

Proteins are known as “the building blocks of life”—and amino acids the building blocks of proteins. Plants synthesize their own aminos naturally, but if crops are stressed, they may not have sufficient energy to manufacture these crucial compounds.[1] In this blog post, we’ll unpack what amino acids are, why they’re important for plant development, and why it’s a good idea to feed cannabis with a fertilizer that contains them. What are amino acids?Amino acids are chemical compounds that include an amine …
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Sources of Soluble Silicon

Silicon is the second most abundant element on Earth. However, most forms of silicon[1] found in nature are unavailable for uptake by plants. To reap the benefits of silicon, growers must use a fertilizer that contains a highly soluble source of silicon. That’s easier said than done. While there is no shortage of silicon in the world, not all silicon compounds are equal. Some may not be very soluble or even high in silicon. Others may have significant downsides, such as …
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How Silicon Promotes Plant Growth

Although silicon is not considered an essential nutrient—plants can grow without it—it significantly boosts plant strength and stress resistance. For cannabis, silicon contributes to development of the terpenes and phenolic compounds that growers prize. Here's why supplementing your feeding program with silicon might be beneficial.Benefits of siliconSilicon improves plant health and growth in several important ways.Physically, this beneficial nutrient help plants form a strong layer of hydrated amorphous silica, or opal, in their cell walls. This silica layer acts as …
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How Suboptimal Fertilization Affects Yield

Fertilizer is a crucial component of crop production, but simply adding fertilizer to the system is no guarantee a crop will get the nutrients it needs. Inadequate nutrient availability, nutrient incompatibility, and subpar nutrient formulations can result in under-fertilized plants, also known as suboptimal fertilization.Without the right nutrients in the right concentrations and ratios, plants cannot achieve optimal yields or maximize crop quality. For cannabis, suboptimal fertilization can also impact cannabinoid profiles and concentrations.Consequences of suboptimal fertilizationIn one study, researchers …
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Biofilms in your Grow Ops

Biofilms are slimy layers of microbial colonies that form where microorganisms grow and reproduce. Because microorganisms flourish where water and nutrients are abundant, irrigation systems offer ideal environments for biofilms. When biofilms develop in grow operations, they can create clogs, harbor pathogens and cause oxygen levels in the nutrient solution to drop. Preventing or eliminating biofilms is essential to growing healthy, high-yield crops. How biofilms develop Biofilm begins when free-floating microorganisms in the water supply such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa or algae …
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Photos vs. Autos

Photos vs 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 recurring cycle …
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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 …
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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 Dream Sativa-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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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 quality By quality, we mean fragrance, flavor, color and potency—all of which are significantly determined by genetics. Let’s talk about potency first, …
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