Ever since the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) was formed in 2018, the entire state has been investing in this new form of agriculture. Patients have been granted their medical cannabis licenses, and cultivation facilities have worked hard to keep up with the demands of the new market. We’re learning alongside everyone else in Oklahoma just how to navigate this bountiful industry.
Perhaps you’re interested in growing your own cannabis. Whether you’re a patient looking to grow plants at home, or you’re interested in starting your own licensed cultivation operation, you probably come across the same question: should you grow cannabis clones indoors or outdoors? Detailed below is everything you need to know about growing clones indoors in the blooming cannabis industry of Oklahoma.
OMMA Clone Cultivation Requirements
If you’re looking to launch a full-blown indoor cannabis cultivation facility, there are a couple legalities you need to consider first. To get a commercial license from OMMA, you’ll start by going through their online application process.
To become a licensed Oklahoma cannabis grower, you’ll need to be at least 25 years old, an Oklahoma resident, and able to pass a background check. If there are multiple investors in your cannabis growing operation, note that 75% of the residential addresses attached to your company need to be based in Oklahoma, too. The current cost for an Oklahoma grower license is $2,500.
There are various components of cannabis regulation that will be important for you to research. For one thing, in 2022, Oklahoma began requiring all cannabis businesses use the Metrc tracking system. Metrc tags will account for and track all cannabis plants in your growing operation. Another thing to note for cannabis cultivation facilities is their property lines are not allowed within 1,000 feet of any public or private school. Make sure you familiarize yourself with all of the fine details of cannabis laws and regulations before you start growing clones indoors.
What You Need to Grow Clones Indoors
Cannabis, of course, was originally farmed outdoors for thousands of years. However, in modern times, we have the technology to mimic the ideal outdoor environments in which cannabis really thrives. Perhaps the first thing you need for a successful indoor cannabis grow, though, is a happy and motivated team of employees! Hiring a knowledgeable, passionate staff can make a huge impact on the health of your clones and the efficiency of production from the get-go.
Indoor climate control can be managed with equipment that you can purchase at most major grow supply stores. High-quality lighting is a major investment that’s worthwhile when it comes to growing clones indoors. Not only do they need to be powerful lighting fixtures, but you also need to be able to set these lights on a timer. This way, they’ll only give the plants a certain amount of light each day. Factors such as humidity and temperature control are also essential for your plants’ health and vitality throughout their life cycles. This is especially true in Oklahoma, where the weather can get pretty extreme sometimes!
Depending on your facility’s design plan, you might want to think about tiered racks to store your cannabis clones. If the ceiling is tall enough to house multiple rows of cannabis clones on top of each other, you’ll be able to produce a larger harvest at any given time. Just make sure you do your research and allow enough room for any kind of strain you grow.
Other purchases to consider are cleaning equipment, pest management regimes, and your chosen nutrients for growing cannabis clones. It’s at this point you’ll be deciding whether to plant your clones in peat or Rockwool. While some clone facilities use both planting methods, many choose one planting path and stick to it.
The Benefits of Indoor Clone Cultivation
If you’re still not sure whether you should grow your cannabis clones indoors or outdoors, consider these benefits. As mentioned above, controlling the growing environment can make a noticeable difference in the quality of your plants’ life cycles. This also means you can keep a better handle on any issues that arise. If you notice your clones have too much moisture, for example, you can adjust the humidity yourself instead of hoping the weather acts accordingly. Since your plants are indoors, they’re also more protected from naturally occurring pests that could damage or sicken them.
Yields can often be higher within indoor growing operations for a couple of reasons. For one, we talked about how you can stack your cannabis clones on racks all the way up to your ceiling height. While this is still possible in outdoor growing areas, it’s not quite as feasible. Another reason your indoor yield might be higher is because of the yearly weather in Oklahoma. This state’s harsh winters make for a nearly impossible growing season. When you plant your clones indoors, though, you have environmental control all year round. Cycling through multiple harvests throughout the year means more profit for you.
Indoor cannabis cultivations also have stricter security measures at play. Since there are only a few entrances/exits in the building, there’s less of a chance for vandalism or even theft. You’re going to be investing a lot of resources and energy into this facility. You deserve to protect it!
For all these reasons and more, indoor cannabis clone cultivation can be ideal. That’s why Summit Genetics has invested our time and passion into our facility. Our plants are tested for the Hop Latent Viroid and Metrc compliant. We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter for more industry updates, as well as the rotating clone menu we’ll continue to have available.