Why do we grow cannabis indoors?
Cannabis cultivation is practised by people on all the habitable continents of planet Earth.. It’s true that indoor methodologies have facilitated growers in parts of the world where it’s not convenient to grow the plant outdoors. When you dig a little deeper the underlying reason why cannabis cultivation moved indoors during the 1980s, you will arrive to the conclusion that it was to hide the plants from prying eyes.
An indoor grow-op is always designed with discretion and privacy in mind. Carbon filters do nothing to enhance the quality of your crop. They are your cloaking device to conceal the powerful aroma of marijuana from the neighbours . Artificial lights whether old school HID or the latest LED, are no match for the sun, they serve as its substitute. Highly reflective walls lined with mylar are solutions homegrowers adopted over time to maximise the stationary overhead illumination.
Right now, private industry and NASA are developing plasma light technologies that can mimic the exact wavelength of sunlight and match its spectrum to duplicate cannabis production in renowned regions like Durban, South Africa or closer to home Valencia, Spain Mylar was the brainchild of NASA too, so we wouldn’t be surprised if advanced plasma lights find their way into grow rooms and grow tents on planet Earth long before they make it to Mars.
Growing indoors is not really rooted in tradition. Rather it’s driven by innovation and will continue to be in the future. Although perhaps exclusively catering to homegrowers rather than commercial producers. Moreover, as cannabis legalization spreads outdoor cultivation is increasingly the preferred style and organic cannabis is becoming a premium product. Vast 21-st century cannabis plantations are popping up throughout the Americas from equatorial farms with fertile volcanic soils in Colombia and Ecuador to the enormous climate-controlled greenhouse facilities in Vancouver, Canada. The future is green for the legal cannabis industry.
What is a cannabis appellation?
An appellation in simple terms is a designated production identification. In the wine industry, in particular, the French Wine producers have created the most well-known geographic identification system, which has helped to define and legally protect fine French wine from regions like Bordeaux from getting ripped off by some foreign Moonshiner. The very word appellation is French and to really understand the meaning of the word you must recognize its meaning is closer to made of France rather than made in France. A particular kind of grape grown and processed to rigorous quality standards is truly a wine made of France.
Cannabis appellations are being pioneered by California cannabis farmers of Humboldt County and Mendocino County and it’s a discussion Spanish growers should be having too. Historically, Spanish grape farmers didn’t organize like their French counterparts and Spanish wine such as Sherry struggled to get an appellation or even legal protection until the 1980s.
Genuine Champagne only comes from Champagne and is the best example of the brand recognition and protection an appellation can give to a beverage. Ironically, Champagne has actually been protected in Europe since the 1891 Madrid system of trademarks.
The specific standards and practices that go into a particular cannabis appellation is still a matter of debate. However, we can look to the oldest known vineyard classification system that predates the nuanced 1935 French appellation of origin concept by a couple of centuries. Way back in 1730 the Austro-Hungarian vineyards were based on a simple classification system that would be a perfect charter for contemporary cannabis appellations or at least a solid foundation. The three factors to determine which classification category a vineyard fit were: soil quality; sun exposure; and risk of Botrytis.
The outdoor reefer renaissance
Outdoor ganja farming is en vogue again. Autoflowering and XL Autos have opened up the potential of outdoor cannabis cultivation to growers in cooler northern latitudes, while southern European growers can benefit from multiple harvests. Innovations in the breeding of photoperiod-dependent strains have led us to the development of our F1 Fast Version® lines that can be ready for harvest outdoors during the month of September. Furthermore, traditional photoperiod-dependent varieties have always had the potential to deliver scale tipping per plant harvests for those with a long growing season that can count on the weather holding up until Croptober.
The rise of no-till farming and organics trend has also encouraged cannabis growers to take their grow show outdoors not just for higher yields but a higher quality product that’s environmentally friendly too. Guano, manure, and mycorrhizae are increasingly replacing chemical fertilisers as outdoor growers embrace natural alternatives.
The modern indoor grower
These days overall the majority of the cannabis community is growing indoors and toking mostly indoor grown cannabis. Hydroponics is still very popular and more productive than ever. Indoor cultivation is super sophisticated with biological nutrient lines and pH perfect lines suitable for hydro that are more effective than any of the chemical stuff ever was. But it’s not just any old commercial hybrid with oversized pumped-up buds that the ordinary decent stoner wants these days.
Make no mistake, carefully manicured sugary indoor nuggs will always be coveted cannabis but we are all looking for different flavours and effects. Homogenous bland cannabis never makes it to the top-shelf of the dispensary, coffee shop or cannabis club. And most importantly boring weed should never waste space in your grow-op. Discerning cannabis connoisseurs and medical cultivators that grow indoors or outdoors can always find the diverse cannabinoid and terpene profiles they desire in the Sweet Seeds catalogue.
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