cannabishorticulture

CHA Membership is now open to all interested researchers, educators, students, horticulturists and industry professionals.

Our membership is a premier package for individuals, professionals and businesses to take part in supporting and expanding their knowledge to develop the scientific understanding for cultivating the highest grade cannabis in the most sustainable fashion. Member funding goes to support the expansion of our database as well as conduct outreach to promote ecologically sound management for the cannabis industry. Our online resource center currently covers three broad categories of Integrated Pest Management, Integrated Nutrient Management & BioControls. Within those categories are a range of fields including but not limited to: pest and pathogen management, predatory insects, biochemical pesticides, microbial pesticides, organic chemical controls, soil chemistry, soil biology, soil physiology, nutrients, additives and a forum to discuss these methodologies and expound on other topics. The current content is heavily built around IPM and pest/pathogen management. (WE HAVE DESIGNED OUR PLATFORM AROUND ELIMINATING HARMFUL PESTICIDES AND TESTING CLEAN) The CHA forum is a private community that only members will have access to. This forum is run by admin with degrees in varying scientific fields. They are highly adept at networking with other peer scientists, growers and businesses to get your questions answered. If you can't find your answer in our database, ask an admin on the forum.

 

HARVEST RAIN, HARVEST FLOWERS By: Lizandro Salazar

HARVEST RAIN, HARVEST FLOWERS   By: Lizandro Salazar

While regulators scratch their heads trying to figure out how to best
approach this topic, it’s clear that “business as usual” may turn into
“business unusual.” Many farmers groan as engineering fees, soil
tests, and permitting costs raise the price of going “legal”, but some
growers and professionals are nodding their heads in approval.

Product Spotlight - Grass Roots Grow Mats

Product Spotlight - Grass Roots Grow Mats

The CHA is happy to provide a spotlight on Grass Roots Grow Mats. They’re made from Hemp, which has been cultivated for fiber and food for over 10,000 years around the globe. The beautiful thing about Hemp is that it helps our planet and people throughout its entire life-cycle and then some! 

Grass Roots Grow Mats are now making hemp fiber grow plugs.  The CHA will be running experiments with them over the winter to determine the optimal parameters. Check out Grass Roots Grow Mats at: http://grassrootsgrowmats.com

One Bad Apple... Plant Growth Hormones and You. By: Luke A. Besmer

One Bad Apple... Plant Growth Hormones and You.  By: Luke A. Besmer

I am sure you’ve heard the old saying about how one bad apple spoils the bunch? Well it’s true, and of all things it’s due to a hormonal imbalance. Who’da thunk? So it turns out that in nature, the first ripe apple of the season drops to the ground and begins to decompose. During the decomposition process, the apple releases a gas called Ethylene. Ethylene is a Plant Growth Hormone (PGH) that triggers the nearby apples to fall to the ground and start the decomposition process. The sweet smell of all those decomposing apples attracts foraging animals who eat the apples and spread the seeds far and wide, often with a little fertilizer to boot (or conversely, to overwhelm scavengers so that some seeds are left undisturbed and able to safely germinate). Ethylene and other Plant Growth Hormones are vitally important to all aspects of plant growth and development, understanding them and their uses can improve any gardener’s yield.

Cannabis Crop Reccomendations. By: Moriah LaChapelle

Cannabis Crop Reccomendations. By: Moriah LaChapelle

Here is a wonderful article to become familiarized with certain techniques and practices associated with Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Moriah LaChapell joined Evergreen Growers Supply during 2015 as an Agronomist. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Western Oregon University and a Professional Viticulture Certificate from Washington State University.  She was previously employed at Fisher Farms as the Plant Health Manager. Most of her work at Fisher Farms involved scouting ornamental plants and releasing beneficial insects to reduce insecticide applications.  She is passionate about collaborating with growers to produce long term solutions for pests and plant pathogens. You can contact her directly through the link to this article.

Caterpillar Management - Identification and IPM Practices

Caterpillar Management -  Identification and IPM Practices

Fall is here and so are the caterpillars, at least in Northern California. We have documented numerous instances of caterpillar damage and can officially say there has been a decent hatch this year. ...

Company Spotlight - California Organic Fertilizers Inc.

Company Spotlight - California Organic Fertilizers Inc.

Based on our qualitative observations of the results from using select products from this line of fertilizers, it is in our opinion that businesses, farms and co-ops, seeking to follow organic standards and protocol, use this line of fertilizers.

Plants to the Rescue of Plants

Plants to the Rescue of Plants

"Maybe it's because of their wine-making heritage, but the French are obsessed with fermenting various plants into special insecticidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal brews to use on...other plants."