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Cannabis Plant Genetics and Why it Matters to Your Grow

Cannabis plant genetics is a hot topic in cannabis cultivation. The cannabis industry has been expanding rapidly, and cannabis cultivators are looking for new ways to compete. One way that many cannabis growers have found success is by breeding new strains of cannabis with improved qualities such as higher yields or increased resistance to pests and diseases. In this blog post, we will explore the basics of cannabis genetics so you can understand how it impacts your grow.

The basics of Cannabis Genetics

First, cannabis genetics is the study of how different cannabis strains are related to each other. Breeders use cannabis plant genetics for many purposes. For example, they may try to develop a new strain that has all of the desirable effects and qualities from several popular cannabis varieties that already exist.

Cannabis plant breeders develop cannabis strains to get new desired qualities such as higher yields or increased resistance. They do this by crossbreeding cannabis plants and looking for the characteristics they want in their plant.

For example, if a cannabis breeder wants to create a cannabis strain that has effects of both sativa and indica, they would crossbreed two cannabis plants with different genetics and hope the offspring inherits the properties from each parent.

Cannabis Genetics for your cultivation facility

Cannabis cultivation facilities need cannabis strains that are suited for their environment. This is because cannabis plants have different needs depending on the climate and type of cannabis production facility. For example, cannabis which is grown outdoors in a dryer climate may require a cannabis strain that can withstand high temperatures and arid conditions, while those who cultivate cannabis indoors will want to grow a cannabis plant with less chlorophyll content because it has been found to be easier to produce higher yields when there is less chlorophyll content.

Check out Leafly’s 100 best cannabis strains of all time

Existo can help with your genetic selection

One important consideration for commercial cannabis cultivation facilities when selecting what strains to grow is whether they want plants with high THC content or high CBD content. Commercial cannabis cultivation facilities should always consult an expert before making decisions about which strain they want because there are different benefits and drawbacks associated with each type of plant genetics. For example, plants which have high THC cannabis can produce a psychoactive effect but this type of plant is also more likely to attract unwanted pests.

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Cannabis Irrigation

How to select the best Cannabis Irrigation Controller for your facility

For cannabis cultivators, irrigation controllers are an essential part of cannabis cultivation. Without proper and consistent watering cannabis plants will wilt and dry out to a point where they will die. Some cannabis cultivators try to control their irrigation by hand but this is not only time-consuming but can be detrimental if done inconsistently or hastily. A cannabis irrigation controller automates the process of determining how much water to apply so that cannabis cultivators don’t have to deal with it at all.

The Trolmaster Aqua X is a modular irrigation control system.

How Cannabis Irrigation Controllers work

There are various types of cannabis irrigation controllers, each with different technologies. Some cannabis production systems use water-based measurements to decide how much water is needed by the cannabis plants while others use electrical resistance readings as an indicator of plant moisture levels. The choice between these two methods depends on the type of hydroponic system you have: if you grow your cannabis in soil, water-based cannabis irrigation controls will give you accurate results than electrical ones since soil moisture levels fluctuate more than water. However, cannabis irrigation controllers using electrical resistance readings tend to be more expensive but give more accurate cannabis cultivation results for cannabis production systems with hydroponic growing mediums like coco coir or rockwool.

Cannabis irrigation controllers are also available in different sizes, depending on the size of your cannabis cultivation facility and cannabis plants you have. Some cannabis production facilities might need only a simple cannabis irrigation control system that does the job well while others may require a complex one that can handle multiple types of plant measurements at once such as pH, humidity, and light intensity.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of cannabis irrigation controllers are manifold. For cannabis cultivators, they result in less time used on watering which leaves more time to produce cannabis, higher yields as cannabis is not stressed by inconsistent watering patterns, and better quality cannabis due to lack of risk that cannabis will be watered improperly. In addition to these benefits for cannabis cultivators, because cannabis irrigation controllers prevent overwatering issues cannabis plants are less likely to end up with root rot or other diseases from high moisture levels in soil.

In short: Cannabis cultivation requires precision applied towards almost every aspect of cultivation including watering so it’s important to select the cannabis irrigation controller which is right for your cannabis cultivation facility.

How to select an irrigation controller

You will also have to consider your choice of cannabis irrigation controller based on how much you can invest in it and how often you’ll use it. It is a worthy investment if it helps automate cannabis production for years to come but having something too complicated or expensive that won’t even get used is just pointless – not just for your cannabis production facility but also because that would mean spending more than necessary without actually taking advantage of all the benefits cannabis irrigation control systems have to offer.

It really depends on how cannabis production operations are run in your cannabis cultivation facility and what works for you. As long as cannabis production results can be measured accurately, any cannabis irrigation controller would do – although some would cost more than others to maintain or use.

Interesting in learning more about how Existo can design your facility‘s irrigation system? Book a free consultation with us.

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Cyber Security needs to become a priority for your cannabis business

Like any booming industry, there has been a “Green Tax” on almost every relatable service associated with cannabis. Prices are high and there is no end in sight. The cannabis industry is on the rise and expected to see tremendous growth in the next few years. All in part to more states becoming legal for medical and recreational use. The “green tax” will continue to rise as well.

CO2 Monitoring for Cannabis Cultivation Grow Facilities
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CO2 Monitoring with Trolmaster Carbon X

CO2 Monitoring in indoor cannabis cultivation facilities is a mandatory requirement from municipalities. The TrolMaster Carbon-X system can monitor your supplemental CO2 usage and also protect customers near commercial indoor growing areas. The system satisfies all local and state regulations. It’s modular components allow you to customize the system to fit any requirements, while being able to monitor up to 13 zones.

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5 Reasons Why You Need A Cannabis Cultivation Consultant

Hiring a cannabis cultivation consultant is a necessary investment for every grow operation. A lot of experimentation goes on behind the scenes to create a bounty of beautiful buds. In addition, managing an entire facility effectively and efficiently requires a lot of planning and preparation. Generic grow plans are widely available, but they won’t get your business very far. Every facility and operation offers its own unique challenges. This is where hands-on customization comes in. If you are deciding if you need a cultivation consultant, here are five things to consider.

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Existo Partners With Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s Social Equity Program

There was a time not too long ago that possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana was illegal. While many states have begun taking the steps to legalize marijuana, the effects of marijuana-related convictions continue to haunt communities disproportionately. As the legal marijuana industry continues to expand, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s (MRA) Social Equity Program recognizes their moral obligation to help those who have been impacted. 

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Looking for support with your Trolmaster system?

The Trolmaster system is an easy-to-use, affordable grow facility automation tool. Cannabis cultivation facilities are able to manage all aspects of their operations from anywhere at anytime. The level of automation, control, data collection, monitoring and optimization is unmatched with other cultivation platforms on the market. The platform can be easily upgraded by adding on whatever modules that make sense for you.

Missouri Medical Marijuana
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How to Prepare for the Missouri Medical Marijuana Commencement Inspection

The Missouri Medical Marijuana Commencement Inspection is one of the final steps to legally operating your business. Once your business has been issued a license to operate, you have one year to pass a Commencement Inspection by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS). Failure to pass the Commencement Inspection during this timeframe may result in your license being revoked. 

After successful completion of the Commencement Inspection, your business is ready to legally operate in the state of Missouri. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes down to Commencement Inspection time for your facility. Most businesses have zoning and code enforcement rules they must comply with. In addition to these requirements, Medical Marijuana businesses face an additional set of rules and regulations to follow. 

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Existo & VIVOTEK Provide Security Solutions For Michigan Cannabis Cultivation Facility


Security for your cannabis facility plays a major role in cannabis business compliance in Michigan. The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has stringent requirements when it comes to security camera coverage and data storage at cannabis facilities. Access control, loss prevention, fire, and alarm systems are also part of the Michigan MRA Security Requirements. Cannabis compliance experts can implement a Security Plan at your facility to meet these requirements for licensing.

West Virginia Welcomes Metrc Seed-to-Sale tracking
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West Virginia Welcomes Metrc for Seed-to-Sale Tracking

The Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) in West Virginia has selected Metrc as their new seed-to-sale tracking provider for the state of West Virginia’s medical cannabis industry. OMC Director, Jason Frame, said that this is an important step to provide patients safe access to medical cannabis. While the COVID-19 Pandemic has devastated many other industries across the country, the OMC says that it has not stopped them from continuing to lay the groundwork for a safe and regulated medical cannabis industry. West Virginia’s partnership with Metrc will allow for regulatory oversight and enforcement of growers, processors, distributors, and dispensaries.

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