Author: Kevin Castillo

Grower Spotlight

Michigan Home Growers ‘Stick’ to What Works

By Jonathan KatzShere McKay can rattle off dizzying list of homemade cannabis goods that you would expect to find at an established Michigan dispensary. Vegan cream cheese cookies, salad dressing, nougat (the top seller) and even smoked sausage. The products are her own creations—derived from the home grow that she and her husband Don operate in Otisville, Michigan, just outside Flint. They serve as caregivers under the business name McStickys and sell their products to their patients at a market …
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Clearing up the confusion about silicates: Case in point—BioNova Silutio

Silicon-based fertilizer supplements are easy-to-use additions to your feeding program that bring numerous benefits to cannabis gardens, including increased crop quality, strength and resilience. Their ingredients—the raw materials in the bottle—are also simple: They’re predominantly bottled silicates. There’s no mystery to silicates or how they deliver silicic acid* to the roots. Nevertheless, some fertilizer manufacturers get the science behind silicates—and the advice they give to growers as to which type of silicate they should use for best results—just plain wrong.Indeed, …

Inside silicon supplements: Making Sense of What’s inside the Bottle

Silicon packs a powerful punch, increasing crop quality, strength and resilience. Yet the fertilizer market is flooded with misinformation about silicon supplements, including confusing labeling and misleading marketing claims with no basis in science. This poses a challenge for growers seeking to choose the best product.With every nutrient company touting the superiority of its silicon-based product, it’s no wonder growers get confused and struggle to make an informed choice. Even the terminology—silicon, silica, silicic acid, silicate—is often used interchangeably in …
Grower Spotlight

Legion of Bloom

Tell me a little about the size and scope of your facility. What is the focus or specialty?LEGION Cultivation has about 44,000 sqft of flowering canopy and specializing in sustainably produced indoor cannabis.  Our facility runs on 100% California produced renewable energy and incorporates an extremely efficient water catchment and filtration system that allows us to recapture all of our HVAC, dehumidification, and plant run-off.  With this system, we recapture close to 90% of our water needs from the environment. Where …
Grower Spotlight

Emerald Harvest Nutrient Switch Gives Craft Grower a Boost

Los Angeles-area microgrower gains enhanced resin production and increased efficiency from easy-to-use nutrient line.It’s not a stretch to say Gary and Johanna Stanionis’ indoor flower rooms are working laboratories. The husband-and-wife duo operate the Greybeard Grows and Pinkbeard Grows microgroweries. They experiment with different growing conditions to perfect their craft and share their experiences as consultants through their blogs. With decades of growing experience between them, Johanna and Gary know that an optimal environment is key to cultivating the highest quality …
Retailer Stories

Emerald Harvest will always be my 1st Choice

With over 15 years of marijuana production for licensed facilities in the rapidly evolving and ultra-dynamic So Cal Markets of the Post 215 era, I have worked in the most competitive place to grow.The competition is fierce and if you want to stand out, you have to be on top of your game. There is nothing worse than spending time and money on nutrients that over promise and under deliver. Having a bad pull can be detrimental for staying in …
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Consistent Quality for Hawaiian Based Retailer

HiBred Seed LLC is a Hawaii based medicinal cannabis souvenir retailer on the island of Oahu in the Honolulu district. Our company seed breeders for this operation are located in Hawaii, Mainland USA, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. Although we are a brand new company that just stepped foot onto the public scene, we have been preparing for this moment for many years now. Our breeders and seed testers are seasoned growers and leading social media personalities, that help the …
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Heavy metals: Time to face the music

In agriculture as in music, heavy metal has a bad-boy reputation. And for good reason. Lead poisoning has made headlines as a public health concern for generations, and heightened regulation and consumer demand have slowly but surely eradicated lead from the surfaces and appliances we interact with. Mercury poisoning, too, has entered the public consciousness, motivating consumers to dramatically reduce their canned tuna intake.1 Exposure to many other heavy metals still put people at risk of potentially devastating health consequences. …
Retailer Stories

Moonlight Garden Supply gets results with Emerald Harvest

Emerald Harvest has been a great addition to the store. The products give awesome results: easy to sell and even easier to use.The best thing about Emerald is the accessibility to the company and more so our sales rep. Chad has been one of the best reps we have ever had always there for you and always willing to help with questions and application/use of products.We couldn't be happier with how things have worked out both for the plants and …
Grower Spotlight

Simplicity Brings Home Grower to Emerald Harvest

Mark Nerheim wanted simplicity. As a home grower with a focus on quality, he didn’t have time to experiment with different nutrient formulations. Several years ago, a friend introduced him to Emerald Harvest’s nutrient line. Here, Nerheim shares his story, including his approach to growing at his property in the Portland, Oregon, area.Tell me a little bit about your operation and how you got started?I was a medical grower in the state of Oregon when you could have a lot …
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Every seedling carries its potential within its genes

Just as a person might inherit the capacity to become an outstanding sprinter or an operatic virtuoso, a plant’s genes provide the foundation for its future performance. But the children of world-class runners and singers still have to eat well and train hard if they want to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Similarly, for plants to be the best they can be, they need to be fed and cared for properly. Growers often ask whether a nutrient line can help plants …
Retailer Stories

Bends Indoor Garden Station succeeds with Emerald Harvest

I am the owner of Bends Indoor Garden Station, proudly serving Central Oregon for 15 years, and have been in this industry for 20. We have seen it all, every new product, every new fad as well as many fails.Emerald Harvest came into our shop like a hurricane and has been our #1 product line since! From the start our sales rep (Micheal Liddle) went above and beyond to make the the relationship between us succeed.The help with promotional items, …
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