This was a special week, as it marked the beginning of our first licensed, recreational harvest. It’s been a long and sometimes weary road in the long lead up to this moment, and the deep sense of satisfaction was apparent through the big contagious smiles all around.
The process represented all of the standard, careful protocols involved with ensuring the preservation of our precious flowers during this delicate period in the lifecycle, but this time we were bound to some additional steps not to be taken lightly.
The first cultivar up for the chop was our early girl, Cinex. This was the 46th day of the flower cycle and these Cinex buds were ripe by all standards. A two gnome team worked together to remove the reusable vine clips, stakes, and all supports while making sure that no flower touched any surface before cutting the stem at the base. Then each plant hit the cradle of our shiny, new and freshly calibrated certified scale. Our head compliance guy was at the tablet ready to record the exact weight of the fresh plant in its entirety into Metrc, the state mandated tracking software. Next we’d hang the plant and cut 12-18 inch sections, quickly strip away water leaves, and arrange the goopy sticks of goodness onto stiff wire hangers. All water leaves, stems, and trunks were weighed and entered into the system before eventually being shredded as needed and added back to our soil. Slowly but surely the loaded hangers filled our custom built rolling racks, and once each rack was full we rolled it into our drying room where they would park in full darkness for several weeks in a perfectly climate controlled environment until ready for the final trim. A lot of magic happens during these weeks and it is a critical part in creating the ultimate legendary appeal that Gnome Grown flower possesses.March 30, 2017
The gnomes have been busy thinning and big leafing on the flowering plants in the greenhouse. We do this when the plants are 3-4 weeks into flower in order to remove any branches that aren’t in an optimal position in the canopy. If a branch is stunted in the shadows of the lower canopy, and can’t receive light energy from removing fan leaves, then this would be a branch we would remove. This allows energy to be diverted to the branches that are kept on the plant. This is an easy way to direct the plant energy to obtain nothing but jar quality morsels.February 22, 2017