Cheap Home Grow had the pleasure of talking to “Kris” from Roys Family Tree on Instagram. He’s a perpetual home grower and has been in the growing game for well over a decade. Kris was kind enough to talk about the differences between synthetic and organic growing cannabis.
Summary and Show Highlights:
Kris has been growing for 17 years. He started off growing outdoors by keeping it simple. Planting the seed in cups and letting nature do its work as Kris put it himself. He did this with minimal results however and he decided to start growing indoors to teach himself how to become a self-sufficient home grower, which he has been doing for 14 years. Now with years of experience, Kris is focused on organic and high-quality plants.
Kris is very much behind organic, high quality growing as well as is Shane. Shane highlights a very important point that large industrial growers are more concerned with producing large quantities rather than quality.
Shane asks Kris questions going over the pros and cons of synthetic and organic growing cannabis.
What is the difference between synthetic and organic cannabis and why should a home grower care about between the two?
Synthetic growing overall has to deal with anything that is not found in nature. You are constantly controlling every aspect that allows the plant to grow. If any variable changes, it damages the entire crop. On the other hand, with organic growing you are using natural products to do what they are intended to help the crop. The major concerns for organic growing are water, light, air, and movement of the leaves.
What are some environmental concerns with cannabis nutrition as it relates to synthetic and organic cannabis?
Improper disposal of waste is an important concern that relates to synthetic cannabis. Bottled nutrients act like salt to the plants, usually used in small amounts; they can be toxic to the plant. In relation to this Kris uses a golf course to give us an example. Golf courses are constantly pumped with synthetics in order to give off the appearance of healthy, green grass. Kris also discusses home growers not actively thinking of using precaution and following proper disposal procedures which feeds the environmental concerns of cannabis nutrition. Providing an organic alternative Kris touches on using molasses as fertilizer, a cost efficient alternative that causes no harm to the environment and provides the plants with nutrients. Organic growing allows the plant to use what nutrients it needs, when it needs it. On the contrary, in synthetic grows nutrients are constantly being fed to plant.
What are some of the side effects of giving your plant synthetic nutrients?
The plant suffers from major deficiency. It is a lot of upkeep with many specific guidelines to various variables that control the overall quality of the plant. Any slight change to the plant’s pattern and it can cause a burn, effectively killing the crop. Burns are highly uncommon in organic grows due in part to organic fertilizers like fish emulsion, and bat glace among others offering as a substitute to harsh synthetic nutrients.
Benefits of growing synthetic cannabis.
Negatives can actually become positives. With growing synthetic you control every single aspect to the plant. People that do not mind keeping extensive information should look into growing synthetic which allows growers to be as precise as they want to be. With synthetic cannabis, what is essentially taking place is the plant is being pumped with steroids to give a massive yield. To achieve this, the plant stays feeding 24 hours of the day. In other wor,ds it’s like Miracle-Gro compared to organic. (Kris does not recommend growing with Miracle-Gro as it contains metals and other harmful ingredients to the grow)
Benefits of growing organic cannabis.
The crop will grow to be what it was naturally intended to be. Green Crack, for example, has a naturally fruity scent. Growing it organically helps ensure that it has the fruity scent Green Crack has been previously known to have. Another benefit is having clean white ash when smoking showing a clean product with no metals and a successful grow. In contrast to synthetic, it does not have anything home growers wouldn’t want to consume.
Cons of growing organic cannabis and Patience?
Patience is key and it is the most important thing to have when growing organic cannabis. With synthetic, growers have everything written down to the time. Organic growing might require extending something for a longer time to maximize the yield. It is not going to be a fast and explosive process, remember it is going to take time and it is important to let organic plants eat. If you are just starting off remember that inexperienced home growers lose their crop due to early harvesting. They do not have the patience to let their cannabis fully mature. This causes difficulty in the drying and curing process causing a harsh smoke. The crop will grow organically by using nutrients when and where it needs it, give it time!
Which one would you recommend home growers to use and why?
Home growers have to first decide what their goal is? Are they growing one crop at a time or grow in a cycle? Growing one crop at a time allows to experiment with both synthetic and organic setups. During the organic process, home growers get to watch the stages of the plant. The synthetic process includes keeping extensive information watching one variable all the way through. Keep in mind that organically grown cannabis is less expensive compared to the pricy bottled synthetic nutrients and hydroponic systems. Those home growers who are very by the book, pay attention to detail, growing synthetic would work for them.
Which one is easier to set up?
Five simple tools are needed to start home growing organically. Only soil, pot, light, fan, and a timer! Synthetic is a little more complicated in terms of deciding which set up is right for your grow. There are a lot of different possible setups when going synthetic, including hydroponics, coco, or aeroponic to name a few that are out there. Organic grow does not need the attention to detail that a synthetic grow needs to properly grow. If you don’t water an organic grow for a day it won’t ruin your grow because the soil contains water allowing the plant to use the nutrients when it needs it. Synthetics, sadly, do not have that same luxury. Remember you are constantly feeding your grow keeping a pattern that if broken can cause you to lose your grow.