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Seed to Sale: How Legal Cannabis is Grown

Denver Dispensary Grows Marijuana

By William Hyde — 3/17/2016

Starting your first cannabis garden can be overwhelming -- there are endless opinions on what equipment to use and which techniques yield the best results. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to grow great cannabis. With a little homework, a spirit for problem solving, and some memory of your high school science classes (don't worry, just some), you'll find that growing cannabis is one of the quickest and most impactful ways to deepen your understanding of this unique plant.

Leafly visited five different gardens to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the professionals are growing cannabis. We'll bring you to indoor facilities in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington to study the steps successful growers use to produce some of the finest flowers in the country.

Cannabis Genetics

A great garden starts with great genetics. So to kick things off, we stopped by Exotic Genetix in Tacoma, Wash., to learn about selecting the best genetics to start your garden. Mike, Exotic's founder and breeder, gives us the lowdown on how he likes to get his plants started, as well as some of the differences between starting from a clone or a seed.

Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Breeding, Genetics, and Strain Variability

Cannabis Genotypes and Phenotypes: What Makes a Strain Unique?

Vegetative Growth

Once you've settled on your genetics, it's time to let your plants grow! For the second episode of Seed to Sale, we ventured down to Coast to Coast Collective in Canoga Park, California. Bryan, their lead grower, shows us how they give their plants a happy and healthy veg. The care they take during vegetative growth sets them up for a successful flower and harvest.

Cannabis Anatomy: the Parts of the Plant

Four Steps to Picking the Right Grow Lights

Stay tuned for the next ! Subscribe to Leafly's YouTube channel for the next episode of Seed to Sale. Next week we'll be visiting Pangaea Organics in La Pine, Oregon to learn how to care for your garden during the flowering stage and prepare yourself for a fruitful harvest.