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What Does Mixed Light Grown Cannabis Mean?

When cannabis is grown in mixed-light”, it means that both natural and artificial light or supplemental lighting sources have been used during the growing cycle. In this post, we will go over some common myths about mixed light-grown cannabis.

Myth #1: Mixed-light growers use exorbitant amounts of plastic

While it is true that mixed-light growers do need plastic skins and films in their greenhouses, these are by no means single-use and traditionally last for five years. Other sources of plastic, like nutrient containers, soil bags, and mixing tanks, can be found in gardens of all types and are not limited to mixed-light cultivation methods.

Myth #2: Mixed-light growing uses too much energy because of the artificial lighting

Mixed-light cultivators do not, by any means, use artificial light as their only source of light. Instead, they actually use the sun as their primary light source and use supplemental lighting to fill the void only when necessary — on cloudy days or in the middle of winter, for example.

Myth #3: Mixed-light growers have to purchase new soil every year instead of rebuilding it

Most mixed-light growers have sustainability at the top of mind and do in fact, rebuild the soil they use by winterizing it to ensure it does not get destroyed in the freezing temps. 

In a nutshell, mixed-light growers also have the chance to have the best of both worlds and be environmentally conscious and business-focused. They understand that achieving multiple harvests is imperative for both their business growth and also to make sure their practices are sustainable.

Myth #4: Mixed-light growers use excessive amounts of water

Due to mixed-light growersability to achieve multiple harvests per year, they typically use 30-gallon pots, which help keep the plants modest in size while regulating the water intake and keeping it at a modest level. Most mixed-light growers also use moisture meters to ensure they are not overwatering and implement a combination of drip irrigation lines and hand-feeding techniques to be able to strictly control the amount of water the plants receive. Mixed-light growers can also maintain moisture levels in the greenhouse to minimize the effects of evaporation. In fact, when you look at it from a per harvest perspective, mixed-light growers actually use less water per harvest than their counterparts. This type of control over the growing environment allows mixed-light growers to reduce their chances of crop devastation from natural disasters, pest infestations, mold, or disease — all of which can have detrimental effects on the success of the crop.

When it comes to determining which growers are using environmentally friendly practices and which are not, it boils down to each individual grower, not just their lighting methods. This is why its important to seek out growers, not just license type of lighting methods if youre searching for sustainably made bud.