When we started Pot United, we began as a cannabis-based creative agency, offering consulting and Initiative 71 complaint services in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2021, we started indoor cannabis cultivation following Initiative 71 and had two big harvests and one small harvest. To date, we have seen our best harvest yet after harvesting seven organically grown strains — two bred by Cannarado Genetics and two bred by Solfire Gardens — during the summer of 2022. But indoor cultivation has not been easy: we have had to learn a lot and work hard to make this happen.
Indoor cannabis cultivation, or indoor-grown cannabis, is the process of growing cannabis for medicinal or recreational purposes inside a controlled environment with limited access by the public. Indoor cultivation can be complicated, given all the variables that must be monitored and maintained. The best growers spend years fine-tuning their skills to produce healthy plants that have the highest yield. Because we organically grow indoors, we have to keep track of several things to make sure our plants thrive indoors, such as the temperature, humidity, ventilation, light cycles, and more.
So what’s our cultivation process, you ask? We begin with germination — the first step in the cultivation of cannabis. It’s a very important step because it determines whether or not the plant will grow into healthy and strong buds. When the seed pops open, we plant it in our starter pots and give it about two weeks. By the second week, it has already grown two to four inches tall and become a sprout. We then transfer the young plant into larger pots and continue feeding it nutrients as it enters the seedling stage, which is approximately two to three weeks.
As the seedling grows, its first pair of leaves starts to develop serrated edges and a second set of smaller leaves begin to form. With time, our plants enter the vegetative stage when their fan leaves appear. In the vegetative stage, we have to control the amount of light since we are growing indoors. We begin by giving our plants 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness—and eventually, we do 16 hours of darkness, leaving the plants with light for the remainder of the 24-hour period. At this point, we let our cannabis plants grow while maintaining them by trimming and continuing to feed them the necessary amount of nutrients.
Once the plant has reached maturity, we harvest all of our cannabis plants for consumption by trimming off the leaves from the buds and drying them out in order to preserve their potency for future use. Once dried out, we store our organically grown cannabis in glass jars and place them in cool places so that our product does not get damaged by heat or humidity. And though it’s not always the easiest process, we make sure to handle each and every cannabis plant with care so that our customers can have a product they love.
Note: We carefully select our seeds from Cannarado Genetics and Solfire Gardens, and grow them in our own indoor facility. This ensures that we have complete control over the quality of our products and that we can provide you with top-quality flowers.
– Meghen Peck