Growlink Smart Farm Blog

Cannabis Extraction Basics

Cannabis extraction is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry. Used in vape pens, edibles, drinks, dabs, tinctures, and patches, just to name a few, cannabis concentrates are a huge business. It's estimated that over 50 percent of cannabis sales are attributed to concentrates or infused products. Let's take a look at the process of procuring cannabis concentrates.

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Trichomes: Cannabis Plant Basics

If you're a horticulturist, then you're already familiar with what glandular trichomes (GT's) are and how they work to protect plants. But for the rest of us, it's a mysterious and complex science. 

All flowering plants have thousands of tiny hairs that appear to be crystalized dots covering the surface area. Some people mistake trichomes for terpenes, but terpenes are manufactured in the secretory cells inside glandular trichomes. Somewhere along the way, people dropped the 'glandular' part of the name and referred to them as trichomes. Let's look closer at what they're all about. 

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Vegetative and Generative: Cannabis Growth Stages

With the popularity of crop steering, which manages plant growth by adjusting environmental factors and/or irrigation to encourage a crop's desired outcome, we thought we would examine the intended growth stages; vegetative and generative. Changing environmental conditions and irrigation allow growers to influence growth toward the desired growth stage. Let's examine the differences and the right time to direct growth towards a particular stage of the cannabis plant life cycle. 

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Popular Nutrient Brands For Indoor Cannabis

Plant nutrients or fertilizers mimic the natural amount of nutrients found in soil, often with some added benefits. Since growing cannabis indoors is becoming an industry standard, plant nutrients have evolved since most indoor grows use alternative substrates. To learn more about substrates, check out this article. Let's examine the many nutrient options available.

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Vendor Highlight - Cannabis Irrigation Supply

Cannabis Irrigation Supply is a family-owned and operated irrigation design firm and retailer. With over 35 years of experience in the drip irrigation industry, they leverage their expertise by providing efficient, cost-effective watering systems for cannabis grows of all sizes.

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What Is Crop Steering? Part One: Irrigation

Conversations around the idea of crop steering to increase yields, save resources, and boost terpenes and aromas have increased in the last few years amongst cannabis growers. Some growers contend that crop steering is just a new way of discussing dry down, a technique where farmers allow crops to dry out between watering or feeding to encourage a particular type of growth. Others contend that it's basically just mimicking the natural conditions plants would be subject to if they were grown outdoors. Let's dig into it and see what all the hype is about.

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How Automation Can Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiency in plants can impact your bottom line. Delivering the right nutrients at the right time can make or break your grow operation. Let's examine how you can prevent nutrient deficiency in plants through intelligent automation.

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What is Fertigation?

The first time I saw the word fertigation, I was confident that it was a typo. Still, after researching and understanding the union of irrigation and fertilization, I began to get it. And while I'm not as knowledgeable as some growers, I have been educated on the subject matter. In this blog, we're going to focus on fertigation as it applies to indoor cultivation. So let's look at what fertigation is and why it may help you and your grow operation save valuable resources. 

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5 Reasons To Hire A Cannabis Consultant

When companies are working on a new product or planning an expansion, it can be hard to make informed decisions or take the necessary actions without getting wrapped up in emotions or politics. This is amplified in the cannabis industry, as the rules and regulations surrounding cannabis are often complex and vary from state to state. Whether you are starting a new company or planning to scale up, hiring a reputable cannabis consultant is often a necessary tool for taking businesses of any size to the next level.

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Navigating Multi-State Cannabis Operations

Running a cannabis company has its difficulties, but running a cannabis business across multiple states (MSO's) can be downright challenging. This blog examines how companies can manage the continually shifting sand beneath their feet as regulations change how they run their operations. 

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