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We all know what sun-grown weed is, right? Well, it’s just that; grown under the sun. Plain and simple, yea? Maybe for small single plants, but if you have a farm or anything more than the 6 plants allowable by some state laws, then you know there’s a lot more at stake here.
Farming is an enormous commitment and takes a massive amount of team effort. We appreciate all the farmers that put all their love into their grows, indoor and outdoor.
In short, both have benefits, and both have downfalls, but can one triumph over the other?
Outdoor cannabis plants are very vulnerable to heat, humidity, precipitation, and wind. These elements become the biggest threat to the plant. So how do we successfully grow under the sun?
We’ll talk more about indoor vs. outdoor grow methods below; for now, let’s focus on the sun-grown beauties.
There is nothing like enjoying the outdoors under the warmth of the sun. This is what sets sun-grown cannabis apart from indoor cultivated buds. The natural sunlight permeates the plant and gives a special quality to its cannabinoids.
With the necessary factors like access to water and nutrients, this method allows growers to produce high-quality organic cannabis since it’s free from pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
We see indoor growers marketing lighting to be more full-spectrum, but you can’t get any more full-spectrum than the actual sun. Terpenes and cannabinoids are the response to the intensity of that massive star. It’s not just the UV but also the wavelengths that photosynthesis happens under that play a role in the plant’s growth.
The terpene profiles that come from sun-grown are generally better than what comes out of one-dimensional, very specific light waves that you get with artificial lighting.
The environment that you’re growing in is critical, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. Obviously, not all farming locations are created equally. In fact, they require a lot of attention; you’ve just got to be able to figure out how to manipulate the plant.
This takes many years of trial and error to determine what best works for the strain you are growing.
A few brands have mastered outdoor growing, but if you want to experience the best sun-kissed cannabis the US has to offer, try Flow Kana’s Farmer’s Reserve collection.
This flower is the pinnacle of outdoor weed. It has been grown in California’s famous Emerald Triangle and is packed with cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
We are aiming to live in an eco-conscious culture. Back in the day, patients never had the opportunity to ask their drug dealer if their pot was sustainably farmed. Now, as a consumer, you have that option; nay, responsibility, just as you do with all the other choices you make.
As hemp is known to decontaminate soil, sun-grown plants naturally produce easy-to-use, potent cannabis. These plants are grown without pollution and chemicals, so you will experience a more aromatic high.
One of the benefits of organic farming is minimizing environmental impacts. Organic nutrients are often more sustainable than alternatives. Many conventional nutrients require extensive processing, which often uses more energy than is necessary.
Organic fertilizers can reduce your energy consumption and improve your sustainability. This, in turn, will lead to less environmental impact. Moreover, conventional pesticides pollute the soil and microorganisms, which may lead to environmental damage.
If you read the intro, you’d remember when I said, “Outdoor cannabis plants are very vulnerable to heat, humidity, precipitation, and wind.” High winds are probably at the top of the risk list depending on your farm because they come fast and hard, causing injuries and the potential influx of viruses or disease.
As long as the plants are free to sway openly, they generally tolerate the wind just fine.
Of course, another huge risk of outdoor growing is pests. There is so much change in the environment that it isn’t always ideal for pests, but they’ll find a way.
The fluctuations in temperature and humidity between night and day and season, and just weather events in general, create random days of moisture or drought followed by days of varying degrees.
Temperature differences and other factors will control the pests, which go through cyclical growth patterns throughout the seasons. You can almost expect to see what sort of pests are going to be next and see them focus on certain plants, whether they’re sick plants or it’s just a certain something about that plant.
Another risk, less intense but still problematic, is dust. Dust is part of the environment. Almost anywhere you have the hot intensity of the sun that you need, you’re going to get the dust along with it.
This, obviously, does collect on marijuana, so yes, you do have to wash your plants which may quickly become the industry standard. Just watch out for cleaners that may strip THC when washing.
When we think of producing a certain flavor or aroma, we will most likely think of terpenes and cannabinoids. The terpene profile tastes better, it’s more effective as a medicine, and the potency can be as strong if not stronger.
To grow cannabis seeds, you need to mother them, test them, get their terpene and cannabinoid profiles, rate them, and then decide which one you want to grow. That’s a lengthy process to come up with strains that you want to market or even for personal grows.
When conditions are optimal, the yield is similar, if not better, than conventional methods. This is in part because of the abundant availability of organic and rich soil. The bud from an outdoor cannabis farm is a treasure. Weed grown in natural sunlight contains a multitude of terpenes that can’t be achieved in a grow room.
Obviously, both have benefits and downfalls over each other. Economically speaking, outdoor labor costs are actually higher than indoor operations because they are so demanding.
Indoor grows have much more control over the plants’ environment. Outdoor grows couldn’t have that control and manipulation. When grown indoors, you can control all aspects of the environment.
You can set your desired light, temperature, and humidity, as well as give the perfect amount of CO2 for optimal gain. It may seem like less work, but both methods of growing require a lot of attention to detail.
Having to control the plants’ life cycles, maintaining nutrition for the perfect results, it’s like having a child. Your whole life becomes theirs and that love is the most beautiful thing in the world.
To sum, every method of growing has its perks and downsides. Alternatively, greenhouse grows are another outdoor option. They create a more controlled outdoor environment, allowing for farming during rough weather.
Although a bit on the pricey side, totally worth it if you have rough weather. Or even if you want more sun to penetrate your plants, but like gently, to bring out a more potent terpene profile.
There really is no single optimal form of growing, but they’re definitely our preferred methods. Flow Kana, for example, is the leading brand in sun-grown cannabis in California. No matter what way you choose to grow, just make sure you do all the research, from soil nutrition to plant feed and everything in between.
Even hydroponic weed has its good and bad sides, but that’s a story for another day.
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