Aug 292015
 August 29, 2015
Heliospectra Adds New LED Grow Lights To Horticulture Lamp Portfolio

Heliospectra, known for it’s best-of-breed Light Recipe software, is positioned to accept pre-orders for the E60, a full spectrum, horticulture top-light designed for commercial growers. Built from the LX60 platform, the E60 offers the same superior engineering that Heliospectra has built its reputation upon, at a lower price point, minus the software options. The LightBar, a linear version of the E60, rounds out the company’s product portfolio by supplying growers with a “light bar” style luminaire and further adds to the company’s complete growing system approach. Staffan Hillberg, CEO of Heliospectra stated; “The E60 and the Heliospectra LightBar  boast high intensity

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Aug 282015
 August 28, 2015
Temperature Problems And Marijuana Plants

Marijuana plants function the best when their surroundings maintain a consistent temperature between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime, and 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. This ideal temperature can sometimes vary, however, such as when growers add carbon dioxide to their plants, then the best temperature is right below 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold Problems Anything below 60 degrees Fahrenheit is going to cause problems for your marijuana plants – especially if it continues too long and if it’s during the plant’s flowering phase. This can cause problems with your resulting harvest, so it’s important to pay

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Marijuana Farmers VS Hemp Farmers Over Pollen

Complaints from legal marijuana farms have halted the issuance of hemp farming licenses in Oregon- for now. Both types of farms are authorized under Oregon law. Marijuana, used for medicine and recreation, and hemp, used for industrial and commercial purposes, are plants in the same family. That means they can cross-breed. The Oregonian reports that marijuana farmers are concerned that the hemp plants will spread their pollen over wide swaths of countryside and accidentally pollinate their marijuana plants. Cannabis plants are genetically selected to produce robust flowers typically grown in the absence of male plants. No males, no seeds. Marijuana

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Aug 172015
 August 17, 2015
NASA Uses LED Grow Lights, Marijuana Growers Should Too

A fascinating story came out earlier this month about NASA astronauts growing their own vegetables in space using LED grow lights and consuming them for the first time ever (I’m a space nerd, sue me). Doing anything in space is very complicated, and I’d imagine that’s especially true for growing plants. And not just growing them, but growing them well enough that they are consumable. Per Space.Com: The collapsible and expandable Veggie unit features a flat panel light bank that includes red, blue and green LEDs for plant growth and observation. Using LED lights in order to grow plants was an idea

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Aug 112015
 August 11, 2015
Old School Marijuana Growers VS New School Growers - LED Grow Lights

If there is one thing that I know about growing marijuana, it’s that there is always a better way to do it. Another thing that I can say for sure is that there is an endless supply of people who are certain that they know exactly what that better way to do it is. The truth is, I don’t claim to be the best grower on the planet. I know many, many people that can run circles around me with their knowledge of growing cannabis. I definitely recognize that, and I think that being a humble grower that is willing

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Aug 092015
 August 9, 2015
Oregon Department Of Agriculture: Don't Use Pesticides On Marijuana

For a very long time no one knew what was on/in their marijuana. There were many years where testing laboratories didn’t exist unlike today. Unless you personally grew the marijuana, or knew and could trust the person growing the marijuana, there was virtually now way to know exactly what you were smoking. My friends and I would often talk about what could potentially be on the cannabis we were consuming, but we would always proceed forward with blind faith, which admittedly was not the best strategy. But, that’s how it was when you obtained marijuana via the black market and

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Aug 022015
 August 2, 2015
More And More Large Marijuana Gardens Use LED Grow Lights To Reduce Carbon Footprint

The marijuana industry is growing faster than anyone could imagine. There is more marijuana being grown right now than ever before in legal recreational and medical marijuana states. In my home state, Oregon, there are industrial gardens all over the state from Eastern Oregon to the Oregon Coast and from Portland to Ashland and everywhere in between. It’s truly mind blowing. One thing that growers and I talk about all of the time is the carbon footprint of the industry. A lot of growers in legal states grow outdoors, but many more don’t because of climate issues in their areas.

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Tips For Securing Your Legal Medical Marijuana Garden From Law Enforcement

The nice people at Americans for Safe Access sent me a document with tips for protecting your legal medical marijuana garden from experiencing issues with law enforcement interactions. This is a very popular time of year for visits from law enforcement, so I think these tips are very important to know. Please pass them along to people that need to know this information: ASA would like farmers to know that they can take some precautionary measure this time of year to help secure their property should they be visited by or concerned about a visit from law enforcement.  The following

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Jul 122015
 July 12, 2015
Attend The 'Learn How To Grow Pot' Event Hosted By The Oregonian Media Group

I have lived my entire life in Oregon, and for a very long time the Oregon media was not sympathetic to the marijuana movement. Zoom forward to 2015, and now Oregon’s largest media company is hosting a ‘how to grow pot’ seminar with guest speakers and a moderator (one of my favorites, Oregonian writer Noelle Crombie). The event has some fantastic speakers, and involves something that I’ve never seen before. The cost of the event is $10. I had to do a double take to make sure I was reading that right. I have have been to many events that had

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Jul 082015
 July 8, 2015
Neat "Trick" Could Save Michigan Marijuana Growers 66% On Electric Bills

Starting July 1, residential consumers of electricity in Michigan will see a spike in their bills, thanks to legislative action from 2014. The approx. 8% increase in electrical cost could mean hard times ahead for medical marijuana patients who grow their own medicine at home, but a program offered by big power companies could offset this increase- possibly lowering electric bills to below pre-legislation levels. “It was easy and they didn’t even have to come into the house to do it,” Michigan medical marijuana patient and radio personality Steve Greene told listeners during the July 2 broadcast of The Planet

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