Three Major Challenges of Cannabis Propagation
Cannabis is a plant popular throughout history, not just in a region but worldwide. It has a variety of uses, ranging from medical, industrial, manufacturing, and recreational uses. However, its popularity is mainly because of its medical applications in the treatment of many diseases, such as chemotherapy, arthritis, migraine, and glaucoma.
The plant belongs to the family of Cannabaceae (order Rosales). Its varieties available in the market includes C. sativa, C.indica, and C. sativa × C. indica hybrids. Some common names of the plant include weed, marijuana, and hemp.
For centuries, the plants have been traditionally grown either using seeds or vegetative stem cuttings. However, the techniques haven’t been enough to meet consumers’ demands or achieve the quality standards desired by the growers or imposed by government regulations.
Furthermore, several challenges associated with the techniques make it challenging to implement these approaches at a commercial scale for different purposes, such as pharmaceutical or recreational uses.
In this article, we cover three major challenges in Cannabis propagation and a potentially effective solution to overcome them to upscale your Cannabis business.
Three Cannabis Propagation Challenges
To grow consistent Cannabis buds, growers require specific growing conditions, such as water, nutrition, and lightning. However, these three challenges increase their propagation challenges, decrease yield, and cause business losses.
Diseases Prevention and Control
According to a survey, insect and pest prevention is voted as one of the biggest propagation challenges faced by Cannabis cultivators.
Plant pathogens damage the roots, shoot, flowers, and leaves of plants. And, in most cases, the damages observed have been caused by mold, mainly caused by bacteria and fungi inhabiting wet conditions. The disease causes wilting, stunted plant growth, and loss of leaves in plants. Similarly, bud rot is caused by the fungus Botrytis that affects the female flowers of the Cannabis plant.
Maintaining quarantine, and clean, hygienic conditions on top of providing the right environment and nutrition is essential for obtaining healthy Cannabis plants. Other than that you can take the help of many available technologies to upgrade your lab security against disease pests. Because failing to prevent infections and diseases not only spoils your plants, it vanishes all the efforts and money you have put into the process.
Increasing yield and maximizing the return on investment is the primary concern for (if not all) most of the growing facilities. However, it’s not as easy as it seems.
Environmental factors, disease and pests, and the technique used to grow the plants play a huge role in maximizing or reducing the Cannabis yield. For example, humidity reduces the size and quality of buds and inhibits their growth. It mainly gives rise to diseases like bud rot caused by botrytis.
Plants growing in natural conditions are subjected to varying and abrupt environmental challenges, which makes tricky plants like Cannabis more prone to diseases.
Achieving Desired Cannabinoid Content
Cannabis is sifting from a brand-driven industry to a consumer-driven industry. Therefore, beyond cannabis and its product legalization, growers have to be concerned about the quality of products beyond the THC level. It’s mainly because of increasing consumers’ knowledge about legal cannabis products, evolved preferences, and demands.
Achieving the right cannabinoid concentration is not required for the legalization of the products, but also for medical and pharmaceutical uses.
How Can You Solve These Challenges?
Tissue culture or in vitro propagation seems to be an emerging solution for the plant propagation challenges. Not only for all normal plants that can easily be grown but also for tricky plants like Cannabis.
To teach you a bit about tissue culture, it’s an advanced approach for growing plants, which only utilizes a few tissues of plants to regenerate a whole plant in a controlled environment.
Based on the purpose, the technique is of different types, which include callus culture, organ culture, meristem culture, and embryo culture.
The primary requirement for the technique is maintaining strict aseptic conditions. This allows undifferentiated tissues the time and environment to grow healthy. Therefore, you need to ensure that the mother plant you choose is free from any diseases, the culture area is clean, the tools and chemicals used in the process are sterile, and even your hand are clean while performing the process.
Tissue culture requires some beginner-level knowledge and more of hands-on-experience to perform the technique, especially when you are targeting a large-scale propagation. Carrying out such a high-throughput experience without any preliminary knowledge will not only lead to a loss of time and money but also your efforts.
Comprehensive Cannabis Tissue Culture Master Class To Help Growers With Achieving Their Business Targets
Every technique has its pros and cons. However, the best that works is the one that can be carried with no friction with our cash in our hands and facility and helps us achieve our desired goals.
Looking at the advantages offered by tissue cultures and the rising interest of growers and Cannabis business owners worldwide, people speculate tissue culture is the future of Cannabis propagation and business.
So, if you are ready to take your Cannabis business to next level and want to try your hands on tissue culture, come join us at the “ Cannabis Tissue Culture Master Class” to learn all about the process and more.
Even if you already have an established Cannabis tissue culture business, this Master Class will be proved to be an event for you to network and connect with other growers like you and seize new deals with them.
Whatever the reason! If you are in the Cannabis industry, you won’t regret joining the event.
Not at much expense, the Master Class gives you access to everything related to Cannabis tissue culture, ranging from protocols, sterilization process, gender screening, long-term preservation techniques, and much more.
Not to forget, you are learning all this directly from the Cannabis tissue culture expert, Bill Graham, and the PCT instructors themselves.
The booking of the tickets has already been started. And, because of the availability of LIMITED SEATS, we suggest you book your tickets today and lock your seats at the table of all Cannabis growers and businessmen worldwide.
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Happy Tissue Culturing!