August Story! Virginia’s Garden Stores Swamped By Would-Be Cannabis Growers


WVTF radio reports that garden centers are being inundated by people wanting to grow their own cannabis and rightly too !   It’s 6:30 on a hot weeknight in Richmond – almost closing time for Happy Trees Agricultural Supply, but the place is packed. Customers have come for advice on how to grow cannabis, and there’s a lot to learn according to regional operations manager Richard Gropper. “People have had their own systems for as long as they’ve been growing cannabis I guess,” says  Gropper.  “It’s probably one of the most studied and argued over plants in the history of the world at this point.” If you’re growing outside, he notes, you have to worry about bugs. “Corn earworms, tobacco horn worms are a big one here too.  Powdery mildew in the hot and humid southeast.  Those are the biggest ones we run into, but then spider mites and russet mites and things like that are more cannabis specific.” Growing inside gives customers more control, and at Fifth Season Garden Supply in Charlottesville, manager Pam Scott says it’s worth the extra effort. “You get a better and faster product.  The stems are three times thicker.  The leaves just look fabulous.  Yeah – it’s really impressive.” Like her colleagues in Richmond, she’s swamped with questions about cultivating cannabis. “We answer probably 300 questions a day,” she says.  “We’re helping people get set up in their houses, set up outdoors or set up with hydro systems.” Scott  and Gropper advise them on the best lights to use inside, how to monitor the PH of water, what fertilizer to use and how to measure nutrient levels.  Customers might even want furniture for their pot. “This is an eb and flow table,” Gropper says, gesturing to a four-legged wooden tray.  “There’s a nutrient reservoir…

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