An Introduction to Cannabis Growing Methods

The art of cannabis cultivation is evolving rapidly thanks in large part to the growing acceptance of marijuana and the opportunities a regulated market provides to a booming industry. As more potential consumers, researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators turn their attention to cannabis, new and innovative methods to improve cultivation are being discovered. Here at Grown Rogue, we are continually looking for ways to minimize our natural resource use and lesson our environmental footprint. For the purposes of this introduction, we will highlight the three most popular grow methods: Outdoor, Indoor, and Greenhouse or Light Deprivation.

Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation

While Indoor typically commands the higher price in a Dispensary, most cannabis connoisseurs will tell you that a plant grown under the sun and exposed to the full spectrum of light, benefiting from the ecosystem, organically, is the way nature intended. Would you rather eat a strawberry picked from my organic garden, or one grown under a heat lamp in a sterile environment? Utilizing the sun, soil, and rain to grow also means that starting an outdoor garden is significantly less expensive than an equatable indoor operation. Growing outdoors is not without its difficulties. If you benefit from the good nature provides, you also have to take the bad. Wild animals, storms, early frost, or a myriad of pests that can affect a grow operation are always a potential threat. The fact that outdoor grow operations only have one yield a year, means any one of those external factors can ruin everything for a garden. At Grown Rogue, we do everything we can to mitigate those threats in our outdoor gardens to provide Oregon with top-shelf, organic cannabis.

Indoor Cannabis Cultivation

Chances are, if you walk into any dispensary, the average price per gram of indoor cannabis will be anywhere from 15% – 50% higher than its outdoor counterpart. Indoor grown flower tends to look more aesthetically pristine, have higher THC levels, and fantastic aroma and flavor profiles. By taking the flower out of the elements and into a controlled environment, cultivators eliminate wear and tear on buds until they are being handled and cured while simultaneously giving the strain the exact climate conditions it requires for maximum output. Once a strain’s nuances are figured out, the amount of cycles an indoor cultivator can produce in a calendar year dwarves the one harvest outdoor yields. Climate control systems can cost a fortune to operate making indoor operations difficult for most to get started at any type of scale. With outdoor, there isn’t a need to control temperature, lighting, CO2 production, or humidity. While new lighting is being developed regularly and the spectrum indoor lights are able to cover is improving, there is no solution that matches the unique spectrum of light the sun provides. Just because you are growing indoors doesn’t mean that your plants aren’t at risk for the same pests. While prevention in a regulated environment is theoretically easier, when pests do arrive, indoor operations do not have the help from nature they would have in an outdoor operation; wasps, ants, and ladybugs all help to mitigate mite infestations. It is important to remember that indoor, with its many cycles and controlled environment, ensures we are able to provide quality cannabis throughout the whole year.

Greenhouse Cultivation

If you’ve experienced getting into your car after it’s been parked under the sun, you’ve experienced the greenhouse effect. Greenhouses offer the ability to control light exposure, use supplemental lighting if Mother Nature isn’t providing enough, and keep the climate stable like indoor operations. Because the need for artificial lighting is reduced, greenhouse operations are generally cheaper than growing indoors. Yet, like indoor operations, greenhouses help to mitigate exposure to the elements making yields more consistent than outdoor operations.

 

The Bottom Line

 

How your cannabis is grown is important, and here at Grown Rogue, we pride ourselves on recognizing which method is appropriate for specific strains. While growing methods are becoming more of a focus due to an increase in cultivation operations, the driving force that determines what type of cannabis an individual should look for ultimately depends on how individual strains, from which cultivators makes you feel. How does it smell? How does it taste? How does it make you feel? Be it indoor, outdoor, greenhouse, any one of these methods may produce your favorite marijuana.