Growing Exposed Episode 1 - Clandestine Gardens
You won’t see any high tech innovations at Clandestine Gardens, and that’s exactly how the owner, Ian Kaplan, likes it. Ian is a down-to-earth guy who prefers things to be done the old-fashioned way. His set up is labour-intensive and his team is hard-working, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have fun. Ian, along with his wife, brother, and crew don’t mind getting a little dirt under their fingernails to grow some of the highest quality cannabis around.Clandestine Gardens used to be an old mushroom farm before Ian took it over. It features twelve rooms in total, two specifically for vegging and ten for flowering. This set up was chosen so that Clandestine can harvest one room a week on a ten week flower cycle, taking down a room every Monday and transplanting every Tuesday. As a smaller farm, they produce an an average of 12-20 lbs per room. The system runs efficiently with just enough time for the trim crew to finish up a week’s worth of work before moving on to the next one, which means there is always work to be done and there is no need to switch crews. The advantage with this system is that they can run twenty or more strains with multiple strains per room. As opposed to growing a single room containing only one strain, Clandestine Gardens is able continuously offer a consistent variety of high-quality cannabis for various needs, whether it be a sativa, indica, or hybrid strain.Ian may be a commercial grower, but everyone looking to grow cannabis, or any plant for that matter, is getting the maximum yield from your crop. The number one question that David Robinson, author of the Grower’s Handbook, is asked is how to grow high quality cannabis. He advises people that the number one factor that goes into maximum yield is genetics, the number two factor is environment. Grow-ops should be customized to how your plants want to grow, whether they grow tall, short, fat or anything in between. There are specific circumstances which determine the best system and there are many factors that come into play, the main being the size of the operation and the ideals of the gardener. If a gardener is set on having an organic garden, then the best choice would be a drained waste dirt medium that one can amend, recycle, use compost and be as natural and eco-friendly as possible. For a large commercial operation, where labour is a major concern, then a top feed drip with a coco medium which can be operated on a large scale without a lot of labour is the best choice. There isn’t one right system that is the holy grail of growing cannabis– David has seen the best yields out of every system there is and the worst yield out of every system there is. Knowing the ins and outs of the chosen system and it’s potential pitfalls is important so that protection from those pitfalls is possible. The gardener should understand what that plant actually needs, as far as oxygen in the top third of the root zone, nutrients in the bottom third, water, and aeration. All of these aspects come into play, and when we actually understand what a plant needs, we can manage any system to grow the best high quality cannabis.