Creekside Cannabis Cultivation Methods
At Creekside Cannabis our mission is to produce the most desirable smokable flower for the quality consumer. We incorporate only the best growing practices & products into our cultivation regimens to ensure a top-quality product is delivered to the consumer every time.
Starting from the ground up, we utilize an organic soilless growth medium comprised of ground coconut coir fiber and perlite to provide our plants’ optimal conditions to produce strong, healthy roots. We amend our coco with Mycorrhizae, a beneficial soil fungus that allows for increased uptake of nutrients and water. Our plants are grown in fabric smart pot containers to provide ideal drainage and give roots access to oxygen that is vital for proper water and nutrient uptake.
Every day, our growth facility is hand-watered to ensure each individual plant is being irrigated properly. This extra attention to detail helps eliminate overwatering events and allows our cultivators a chance to check on the health of every single plant. We irrigate our plants with Emerald Harvest nutrients to guarantee they are getting the optimal amount of mineral nutrients during each phase of their growth. Our nutrient line is further enhanced with Mammoth P, a product containing active bacterial microbes that allow for greater uptake of nutrients required for quality plant growth. In order to supply all these nutrients to our watering lines at the correct concentrations, we use a water-powered Dosatron injector system.
In our grow rooms, we utilize several different training techniques to manipulate plant growth. Topping is practiced in the vegetative growth phase to promote lateral branching and to allow for the production of more buds in the flowering phase. Trellis netting is used in flower rooms to encourage plants to spread out and provide extra structural support for developing colas. Super cropping is also performed in the flowering phase to help maximize bud size, potency & yield.
Mother plants are pruned frequently to improve overall plant health and to increase the number of cuttings available. Cuttings are taken from mature mom plants and dipped into a solution containing the bacterial microbes Azospirillium brasilense and Bacillus sp., along with Mycorrhizal fungus which all enhance the rooting ability and overall potential success of the clones. Clones are rooted on heat mats, in peat moss plugs, with humidity domes to provide the optimal rooting conditions.
Creekside has a unique garden in the fact that we make use of many types & spectrums of lights for our different growth stages. Mother plant stock is maintained under LED lights. Fluorescent lights are used for seed germination, clones, and early vegetative plants due to their extremely low heat emission and high energy efficiency. High-Pressure Metal Halide lights are used for late vegetative stage plants to provide an optimal amount of blue light required for quality vegetative growth. Flowering plants are grown under a combination of LED and High-Pressure Sodium lights to produce a broader spectrum light. We grow between 4 to 6 plants under each light in flowering rooms to maximize yield and help mitigate pest and disease issues commonly caused by overcrowding & lack of airflow between plants
Every Cannabis gardener must deal with pests and diseases, but the methods they use to do so are what separates the highest quality cannabis growers from the rest. At Creekside Cannabis we take pride in our extremely clean cultivation methods which include our Integrated Pest Management program. Over the course of 2019, we have been implementing a lot of new pest management tools with the overall goal to be transitioned to 100% Pesticide Free by the end of the year. Currently, we use a few naturally occurring organic (OMRI Listed) products to help control pest populations in our gardens such as rosemary and chrysanthemum flower extracts.
In transitioning to Pesticide-Free flower growth, a huge emphasis has been put on increasing the overall biodiversity of life in our gardens. In order to mitigate insect pests and fungal diseases, we utilize many beneficial organisms, known as “biological control,” to do the fighting for us. We operate on a 12-day perpetual harvest cycle which allows us to restock and reapply all our biocontrol agents every 2 weeks on average.
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens is a beneficial bacterium we employ to prevent the establishment of disease-causing fungi and bacteria such as Botrytis and Powdery Mildew. Beauveria bassiana is an entomopathogenic fungus that infects several common insect pest species. Steinernema feltiae and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora are parasitic nematodes, or microscopic worms, that inject a deadly bacterium in insect pests. Atheta coriaria are soil-dwelling rove beetles that act as aggressive predators actively searching out decomposing plant material or algae where insect pests are commonly found. Hypoaspis miles are soil-dwelling mites that eat insect pests. Aphidius colemani are tiny parasitic wasps that patrol our plant canopy searching for insect pests.
All these biological control agents work in harmony to help eliminate our need to use organic pest control chemicals and in turn promotes a clean, healthy workplace for our cultivators.