Ask the Experts: Cultivation, Part III: For People that Are New to Cannabis Cultivation, What Is the Best Piece of Advice You Can Offer to Get Them Started?

October 4, 2019

Leading cultivators and researchers from the cannabis industry—Zac Hildenbrand, Inform Environmental, LLC; Karan Kapoor, JC Green Inc. (formerly with Avana Canada Inc.); Autumn Karcey, Cultivo, Inc.; and Roger Kern, Agate Biosciences—participate in this round-table discussion series on cultivation. This month they offer advice for people that are new to cannabis cultivation.

For people that are new to cannabis cultivation, what is the best piece of advice you can offer to get them started?
Zac Hildenbrand:
Don’t be afraid to ask for the advice of your more knowledgeable peers. Growing premium cannabis is as much of an art form as it is a science.

Karan Kapoor: New people joining the cannabis industry have to make sure they take some basic courses on horticulture, especially plant nutrition and integrated pest management. An understanding of production economics is very important to survive in this competitive industry. Growing cannabis is combination of both art and science, be creative in your ways without compromising the science behind it. Always be receptive to new ideas.

Autumn Karcey: Start by getting the right team with some experience in place. If the expertise doesn’t support the business model then start slow and proceed at a steady, methodical pace. Don’t get too ambitious and bite off more than you can chew.

Roger Kern: Keep it simple and know there is a lot you don’t know but can learn. Educate yourself. If you can, volunteer to work with somebody before you invest in your own grow so you get a feel for the plant and the processes that support it.

Look for part IV of "Ask the Experts: Cultivation" in our January 2020 newsletter. Part IV of our analytical methods/cannabis testing series will appear in November and Part IV of the series on extraction will appear in December.