… by FJCHS – First Jersey Cannabis Hydroponic System – FJCHS 1000
As promised here are the results of an experimental indoor hydroponic Cannabis growing study conducted by CommerceByUs, Inc., on our behalf, which applied G-101 series C, the proprietary algorithm. The objective was to determine yield performance and projected values of Cannabis crops when applying the FJCHS 1000 method.
Three cycles of ten plants were grown over a period of one year to ascertain the potential yield of female flowering buds. The cultivation methods used were selected to replicate typical indoor hydroponic Cannabis growing operations. The plants were also tested to ascertain the percentage of the psychoactive chemical Δ-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present in the flowering head materials were genetically profiled by STR analysis. Phenotypic observations are related to the data collected. The most successful cycle yielded an average of 881 g (31.1 oz) of dry, groomed female flowering head per plant, and over the whole study the eighteen plants yielded a total of 12,360 g (436.0 oz), or an average of 687 g (24.2 oz) of dry head per plant. THC values for individual plants ranged from 12.7% to 28.8%.
Hydroponics is a type of technology that allows for growing plants without soil. Cannabis is a plant grown traditionally in soil, so this system can make growing cannabis more efficient and resistant to climate. Many grow operations prefer hydroponic cannabis to traditional methods because it’s possible to automate the process to a level of precision not possible with regular farming. You can set nutrient inputs, optimize light exposure, and set every parameter of the grow process for maximal efficiency with hydroponics. When growing cannabis outdoors, growers must simply let nature take its course.
Hydroponic cannabis is different from greenhouse cannabis, although both are typically grown indoors. A greenhouse allows growers to manage certain external conditions like sunlight and water, but most greenhouse grow operations still use soil and are still considered traditional agriculture.
Health Values of Hydroponic Cannabis
Hydroponic cannabis operations are pesticide-free. Since the environment is totally controlled, the risk of pests destroying crops is much lower. Moreover, chemical research confirmed that pesticide ingestion is harmful for human health. This risk is even greater for plants which are smoked since the pesticides are inhaled directly into the lungs.
Lower Levels of Heavy Metals: Most heavy metal exposure to plants comes from polluted soil. Metals like lead, mercury and cadmium are present in low levels in all foods and are directly toxic, so minimizing their exposure is important for health. Since hydroponic marijuana is grown in a soil-free environment, it’s much less likely to be contaminated with heavy metals
Our Secret Sauce.
Our focus will be on the health-conscious consumer. Seventy-eight (78%) percent of cannabis sold in the United States contains pesticides and heavy metals. Our FJCHS 1000 method produces the lowest exposure to pesticides and heavy metals, while delivering consistent THC rates
A brief overview of our projected methods:
By embracing a soilless culture, First Jersey Cannabis Corporation will apply low-cost technology in a unique way.
Hydroponics has allowed humans to grow crops in environments that otherwise would not have been feasible. With a perfectly balanced nutrient solution, plants can thrive without soil. The easiest and most widely accepted explanation of hydroponics surrounds the practice of cultivating plants in a soilless medium while providing the plants with the four essentials they need to thrive: air, light, water, and nutrients. And of course, providing an environment with enough space for the roots and stems to grow, along with hospitable temperatures.
Geographical locations covered in field soil (dirt) provide access to a substrate for the world’s naturally thriving plant life. It retains water, provides nutrients to plant roots, and offers structural support for the plant’s primary stem and root system. However, dirt or a soil substrate is not required for plants to thrive. In fact, dependency on a soil substrate carries several disadvantages, including: (1) Earth’s soil is slowly being depleted of nutrients in many places around the world. As we continue to commercially cultivate the soil, it’s important for us to use agricultural best practices to maintain a healthy soil-nutrient balance without the excessive use of fertilizers. (2) Soil type and quality vary from region to region. While many farmers in the United States have access to fertile soil, there are locations around the world that do not have the topsoil for commercial agriculture. (3) Humans need soilless culture solutions for exploration. Whether we build habitats on the South Pole, in the ocean, on the moon, or onboard an interplanetary rocket to Mars – transporting soil to these locations is not feasible.
A hydroponic system can mitigate most of the issues that arise from soil-based horticulture. Soilless grow rooms can reduce your cannabis plant’s exposure to pests, mold, and fungi while providing essential nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.
FJCH Systems - Series 1A
Just as the name implies, this hydroponic method uses a wick to coax the nutrient solution up into the hydroponic substrate, feeding the plants. FJCH systems leverage the capillary action of water to draw nutrient solution up a wick, much like water moves up a paper towel when you dip one end in water. The liquid is then distributed to the roots via a hydroponic substrate (or soilless medium). The hydroponic FJCH method is possible through a phenomenon known as capillary action. Tiny blood vessels like tubes inside a plant (called xylem) enlist the forces of cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension to transport water and dissolved nutrients throughout the plant. This system keeps the roots from being submerged in water for extended periods of time and allows the plant’s roots to breathe. FJCH systems work great for growing cannabis, especially if you are not implementing a vertical farm. That said, there are a few instances of a wicking system that may not be right for your facility: (1) Nutrient uptake is bottlenecked at the wick. This could hinder the growth of larger plants that require more water and nutrients.
A consolidated method within this matrix is crop steering, an advanced cultivation technique that we plan to use in the near future.
FJCH Systems 1B
A flood and drain approach of using water culture techniques, the roots are continuously submerged in an aerated nutrient solution. And as we said, this greatly limits the cannabis root’s air exchange. Ebb and flow methods secure the plant structure, and then use a flood-and-drain cycle to fill the reservoir or substrate with dissolved fertilizer, and then drain the solution so the roots can breathe. Challenges associated with an ebb and flow system are fairly straightforward, and include: (1) Mechanical, moving parts such as the pump. More moving parts mean at some point additional maintenance will be required.
(2) The pumps used in this method need to be reversible. Some flood and drain systems use a gravity drain. For this model, several variations exist.
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