Farmwork Friday – Smart Pots vs. Beds

Before you can get to the fun bits of cannabis, a lot of work has to go into the cultivation of the plant. Or, maybe you consider that the fun bit? Either way, we’re here to outline what the team at Elyon does to give you the best bud, from choosing the soil to harvesting the plants. Let’s get to (farm)work. 

You Make The Bed You Lie In

With our team of expert growers, most of our farm techniques at Elyon are tried and true. But we’re on a mission to get you the most high. That means innovation and experimentation. We don’t rest on our laurels, we make our own cannabis crowns. 

One such way we’re experimenting? Smart pots. Sorry if you were expecting a more mad scientist type of experiment. But we do find it extremely important to know the type of environment our plants thrive the most in. Currently, the majority of our plants are in raised beds. Visit LIG Remedies, however, and you’ll see a small section sprinkled with smart pots. 

Lowercase S, Lowercase P

Smart Pots is technically a brand name. But it has also come to be a generic term for fabric pots. So what’s so smart about them? It mostly comes down to a process known as air pruning. Because the pots are made out of fabric, they are porous, allowing them to filter in air. When the plant’s roots grow to the sides or bottom of the pot, they come in contact with this air. This causes them to dry up and are naturally pruned. New roots grow and grow vigorously. This allows for more water and nutrient intake; in turn, creating healthier, more productive plants. So using smart pots seems like a no-brainer, right? Not necessarily…

Go To Bed

There is always safety in numbers. With our raised beds, the plants are grown side-by-side. Each plant’s individual roots grow into an underground network, eventually working together to protect not only their mother plants but the surrounding plants. The plants take care of each other. This also helps generate greater soil diversity. With smart pots, it’s one plant per pot. All care remains in the hands of the growers. 

While the smart pots on our farm are in excellent hands, we aren’t looking to convert to fully smart pots anytime soon. The smart pots take more man power, requiring individual attention and irrigation. Some claim that you can’t overwater your plants in a smart pot. Our growers would argue you always run the risk of overwatering. 

We’ll continue to experiment with smart pots, but for now, we’ll put this case to bed. 


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