Pipp Horticulture offers a product line that was developed for growers by growers. With custom tools that are specifically designed for each stage of the product life cycle, growers can be confident that they are using the highest-quality tools available to care for their plants.
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Each stage of the plant life cycle requires special care and attention to produce the highest-quality products possible for your customers. Check out Pipp’s specialized product line below to find custom grow solutions that are specifically designed for each stage of the plant life cycle!
Mother plants are used to maintain the specific genetics of a plant. Mother plants are mature plants that are consistently kept in the vegetative state with the purpose of obtaining clones for future plants. Using cuttings from the mother plant allows for a consistent strain with high yields, flavors, tastes and other properties in your grow operation.
The cloning process involves taking branch cuttings from a mature plant, typically referred to as a mother plant. Clones are typically 6 inches long and transplanted into a neutral medium to stimulate root development. Cultivators that prefer a specific strain of plant will use the cloning method over seedlings to ensure they know exactly what genetics they are growing. The cloning process is essential for achieving consistent results.
In this stage, plants grow and develop the infrastructure for flowers to grow. During this period of rapid growth, plants may need to be transferred to larger pots or soilless media to ensure an ideal grow environment for roots and foliage to develop rapidly. Be sure to increase your inputs, monitor your environment, and ensure proper spacing to maximize growth and maintain vigor.
Flowering or Bloom is the final stage of growth for the cannabis plant. It is also the longest stage, typically lasting 7-11 weeks or more for some varieties. As this stage progresses, plants focus energy away from developing structure and towards foliage to flower production. Buds, trichomes, and aromas develop throughout this period. Ensuring a sterile, well-vented, and controlled environment will pay you big dividends. In addition, making sure your staff can comfortably access all the plants will keep labor costs down and morale up.
Harvesting is when you finally get to reap the rewards of your hard work! Creating an efficient system within the regulatory framework that conserves labor while minimizing touches and plant damage is imperative. Many commercial facilities utilize hanging scales, carts, and mobile drying racks to streamline the process and preserve trichomes and terpenes.
After you have harvested, you have several options. Plants can be frozen, dehydrated, hung-dry, bucked-trimmed-racked, or a combination of these steps. Creating a sound thought-out post-harvest strategy is as important as the efforts spent throughout cultivation. It’s essential to have the right tools for the job and ensure they are sized correctly for production capacity and throughput.
Once the product is dry, it’s typically put in containers for burping and moisture homogenization. Depending on the scale of your facility, this can account for a great deal of space. In addition, at the beginning of this process, employees may have to manually access, open and agitate product to ensure proper curing. Adequate space will need to be calculated and provided for such activities. Given the high value of this material, efficient and secure storage that allows access to appropriate employees is recommended at this point.
The vault serves as the final resting point for finished goods before sale or transfer. This space must be secure and have access control and tracking to ensure only the appropriate credentialed staff enter. Creating secure vault space is costly. Utilizing lockable mobile vertical racking can reduce the required vault footprint and may provide substantial cost savings.
After the product leaves the vault, it typically goes to a distribution facility to be quarantined for a certain amount of days. The product is tested for potency, chemicals, and metals before it can be sent to a dispensary. During this phase, it is important to keep the product safe and isolated but also easily accessible for testing.
As the volume of customers and SKU’s continually grows, ensuring efficient and secure storage in the back-of-house and the front-of-house is essential. Additionally, efficient storage in the back-of-house provides more space for sales generation and the ability to carry a broader range of products.
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