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  • The Roots of Success: Cannabis Health Starts at the Bottom

    At the root (pun intended) of success within your grow, root systems are like the holy trinity of cannabis health. Responsible for much more than the uptake of water and key nutrients, these hidden gems play a crucial role in your harvest, from initial sprout to final sale. The Importance of Root Health From the moment of germination, root systems work to ensure a plant is receiving what it needs to thrive. Hidden beneath a layer of soil, a plant’s first tendril of life reaches out in search of water, nutrients, and oxygen. On an immediate mission to grow, this first root is called the taproot. It quickly branches off, creating secondary and tertiary roots that expand the system’s ability to absorb and communicate with the world around them. The ecosystem contained beneath the soil is just that, a whole ecosystem. Roots are enveloped in a mix of microbes, and together they form a symbiotic relationship that allows the other to thrive. In turn, the roots, fungi, and bacteria in the soil join forces to feed, water, and oxygenate the growing cannabis plant above. By caring for and attending to your cannabis roots properly, you build a strong foundation for a healthy and bountiful harvest. Balancing the Components of Root Health The health of cannabis roots comes down to three interrelated essentials: water, oxygen, and nutrients—the holy trinity. As the gatekeeper for all three as they migrate upward, roots rely on a balanced environment to maintain not only their own health, but also that of your cannabis plant. For example, roots need water to absorb nutrients; with too much water, however, roots can be deprived of oxygen. Insufficient oxygen blocks the uptake of other nutrients, and so on. Optimizing your plant health requires a sustained harmony between these three components. Roots & Water Popular as being “that which drinks,” cannabis roots play the key role in transporting water from soil to stem. Due to what’s known as “water potential,” and through the use of hydraulics, water moves upward via a plant’s permeable, absorptive roots and directly to the stems and leaves above. Without access to water, both the roots and the plants they serve would simply dry up and perish. Just like us humans, water is essential to life as they know it! However, there are dangers to overwatering as well. Excessive watering can cause some of the biggest threats to plant health, including root rot, mildew, and unwanted fungi. These thrive in environments with extra moisture where oxygen is low, and can easily occur with a simple case of overwatering. Alternatively, too little water, and your roots won’t be hydrated enough to absorb nutrients the plant wants from the soil. Your growing medium shouldn’t reach bone-dryness, nor should it be overflowing with water. Ensuring your pots have drainage holes is a huge step in releasing excess water, while watering regularly and with caution ensures they don’t get too thirsty. As with most aspects of cannabis plant care, maintaining the perfect water supply is relatively easy, so long as you keep eyes on your plants consistently, knowing their status from day to day and checking for signs of imbalance. . Roots & Oxygen Lesser known of root systems is their importance to plant oxygenation. In fact, most of the oxygen used by a plant is acquired through water in the soil, and therefore by its roots. Through respiration, the uptake of oxygen facilitates the creation of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which in turn allows for the transportation of energy (food) throughout the cannabis plant. Simply put, water equals oxygen equals food. A delicate balancing act indeed, your plants essentially starve without root access to oxygen, as they can’t secure other crucial nutrients without it. Depending on your method of growing, you may choose to boost your chances of oxygenation. Breathable pots and grow bags allow oxygen to reach more than just the topsoil of your plants. Porous media, such as perlite or peat moss, help to improve soil aeration by encouraging water runoff and “fluffing” the soil around your roots. When you give your roots plenty of room to grow and spread, you can avoid unhealthy rootbound systems. Your pots should offer “breathing room” within your root system, giving each individual strand the opportunity to absorb the water, oxygen, and nutrients they need. Roots & Nutrients Roots are the sole conduit by which nutrients are absorbed into the cannabis plant. When root systems are healthy and well-treated, Nitrogen, Potassium, and other important elements are taken from the soil and given to the leafy lifeform above. That said, roots themselves require a proper diet in order to survive as well. While Nitrogen primarily benefits stems, leaves, and flowers, Phosphorus and Potassium are the key to root system success. Not only do these nutrients strengthen your roots, but they also allow your roots to branch out and grow anew, further stabilizing and supporting your harvest. Adding Phosphorus and Potassium to your growing medium in the early stages of growth helps to ensure your roots will reach their full potential. Mixing these into your soil prior to planting, or adding these as fertilizers in your hydroponic system, will help you grow stronger roots more quickly and efficiently. As they say, success starts from the ground up. Reading Your Root Structures The ability to discern whether your root systems are healthy or unhealthy is fairly innate, whether you’ve been growing for a day or a decade. Milky white with no smell or malformations, healthy roots are firm enough to gently squeeze and hold their shape with ease. Unhealthy root systems, on the other hand, announce their presence like a bad omen. These roots lean into a brown color, can become slimy and lose their integrity to the touch, and are complete with a smell we can only describe as “funky.” You see it, or you smell it, and you can typically sense something is wrong. As is with our own human biology, sick root systems are the result of an imbalance. When you’re seeing signs of poor health, check in on the holy trinity. As you find the perfect balance of water, oxygen, and nutrients, your roots will offer their thanks in the form of happy and thriving fields of flower. We’ll be further exploring what lies underneath in this blog space, so if you have a question or request for the future, drop us a line! You can stay up to date and in touch over on our Instagram, and you can contact us directly anytime at sales@summgen.com.

  • Managing an HLV Infection with Removal and Quarantine

    Not to trigger any bad feelings about March 2020, but if we’ve learned anything with Covid, it’s that sometimes a good old-fashioned quarantine is the only answer to a highly contagious pathogen. As we’ve preached in previous articles, “Detection is Prevention!” Within your cannabis grow, consistent monitoring for symptoms of illness is truly the best way to quickly identify an issue. But when it comes to a virus like the hop latent viroid—which can remain undetectable for weeks and moves slowly at times—inside a large grow with hundreds or thousands of plants, this step might not always be feasible for preventing the spread of disease. Ultimately, you want to take corrective action as quickly as possible. Once you’ve identified symptoms and tested positive for an HLV infection within your grow, it’s time to impose the necessary procedures for removing and quarantining sick plants. When this is the case, Isolation is Prevention! Developing a Quarantine Room for Your Grow In order to properly separate your sick clones or cannabis plants from the rest of your crops, you’ll need to assign a designated space within your grow. Ideally, a quarantine area is placed as far away from your healthy clones as possible (this is especially true if you can isolate your plants off-site completely). Depending on the size and layout of your operation, you can hopefully choose a spare room on a side of your grow opposite that of your healthy plants. The further away, the greater your chances of maintaining quarantine conditions; this physical separation of healthy and sick plants not only isolates the virus, but it also acts as a reminder to growers and technicians that separate tools and uniforms should be used in the two areas. Although every grow would ideally have a spare room lying around for such an occasion, it’s not always possible to clear such space. Closets, spare bathrooms, or other small areas with adequate ventilation and sterilization will get the job done as well. As a last resort, or if you simply have a small amount of plants to isolate, setting up a grow tent in any room will work as a make-shift quarantine area. In any case, always be sure to thoroughly sterilize your space before and after each round of plants is added, so as to limit the spread of an HLV infection. Additionally, check to ensure ventilation from your quarantine room does not filter into rooms containing your healthy plants. The goal is complete isolation. Preparing Your Team and Equipment for Quarantine Simply securing an area for your HLV-infected plants isn’t enough, however, to fully eliminate cross-contamination. In addition to an isolated space, you should equip your operation with a quarantine team and toolkit. Depending on the size of your outbreak, one or two team members should be enough to solely monitor your infected plants. These designated team members, and only these members, should work within infected rooms and no other areas of the grow. Especially important here is ensuring these team members don’t move from the infected area into a healthy area, which would increase the chances of exposure. You can further halt the spread of HLV in your cannabis grow by outfitting these quarantine technicians with a separate uniform—including gloves, hairnets, and footwear—to only be worn in the infected areas. Arguably more important than uniforms, designated tools for quarantine rooms is one of your best defenses against the spread of the hop latent viroid. As we discussed in previous posts, HLV lives within the moisture of the plant's leaves and stems. Primarily spread through transmission on tools and equipment during pruning and harvest, infection is as easy as pruning an infected plant, then pruning a healthy plant with the same pair of snips. For this reason, cultivators should always sterilize their equipment and change their gloves before starting work on a new plant. In the case of a full quarantine, however, the smartest technique is to provide a fully separate set of snips, gloves, and other tools for infected plants in infected areas. These tools should stay as far away as possible from healthy plants, and should be meticulously sterilized before ever coming into contact with them. You can push these initiatives even further with foot washing or sterilization mats, decontamination booths, and separate entrances for employees who handle cannabis plants infected with the hop latent viroid. Caring for Quarantined Cannabis Plants As with all viruses, no curative therapies exist for the Hop Latent Viroid. This unfortunately means once a cannabis plant has tested positive for HLV, it will carry the virus for the rest of its growth cycle. The threat of transmission to healthy plants will be present as long as you have even a single HLV-positive plant, so your quarantine space will be necessary until your grow can cycle out all infected plants. The positive news is that even with an HLV infection, your cannabis will continue to grow and produce buds. What’s produced will be greatly affected—lower yields, less terpene and cannabinoid development, stunting, and overall alteration of typical plant morphology—but can still be harvested, sold, and safely used. Within your quarantine area, you can continue to care for your sick plants as normal, following them to the end of their growth cycles. With proper isolation, ventilation, and sterilization—and considering you and your team were thorough in identifying and separating every sick cannabis plant in your grow—your chances of seeing HLV for a second round of harvests is much lower. For this reason, it’s important to take the process of quarantining seriously and act as quickly as possible. When you’re successful in stopping the spread of infection, you should see greater harvests (and therefore, greater profits!) in future growth cycles. Success is Found in Consistent Monitoring Reliable and consistent motoring for symptoms is an ongoing necessity to the life-long health and success of your grow. As always, we encourage you to regularly inspect your plants, not only for the hop latent viroid, but for all viruses and pest infestations. The better you know your cannabis plants, the better you’ll be at recognizing an issue. The hop latent viroid was only discovered a few years ago, but it’s a growing threat to your operation, and the more you understand, the better. The growers here at Summit have already spent months actively monitoring and testing for HLV, so if you’re curious about detection, transmission, or quarantining, please reach out to us! We’re keeping you updated on the science here and over on our Instagram account, but you can contact us directly at any time with your questions.

  • Growing Clones Indoors in Oklahoma

    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.

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  • Cannabis Careers | Tulsa | Plant Propagation Technician

    < Back Tulsa, OK, USA Plant Propagation Technician Apply Now Employment Type: Full Time Salary: $12/hr - $15/hr DOE Location: Tulsa, OK, USA About the Role Duties include, but are not limited to: Maintaining a clean and sanitary work area at all times Placement and positioning of plants entering and exiting the environment Defoliation of plants according to a strict schedule Ability to sit/stand and reach for the majority of the shift cutting and plugging clones Transitioning plants from the “veg” room to the flower rooms Tracking of all plants entering and leaving your work area Schedule: 8-10 hour shift Availability to work both weekdays and weekend days Shifts: Variable hours between 8am - 6pm Responsibilities Due to (Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority) laws and regulations all candidates must be 21 years of age, or older to be eligible for employment. Attention to detail Ability to work in a team setting Provable, stable, work history Punctuality Experience preferred, but not required Must be willing to submit to a background check and pre-employment drug screening (medical cannabis excluded) Ability to cover hours of tardy or absent co-workers, at times, may be required Must have reliable transportation to and from work Requirements Due to (Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority) laws and regulations all candidates must be 21 years of age, or older to be eligible for employment. Attention to detail Ability to work in a team setting Provable, stable, work history Punctuality Experience preferred, but not required Must be willing to submit to a background check and pre-employment drug screening (medical cannabis excluded) Ability to cover hours of tardy or absent co-workers, at times, may be required Must have reliable transportation to and from work Perks Paid Time Off Paid Sick Leave Other benefits available in the near future Opportunity for advancement About Summit Genetics We are an innovative state of the art medical cannabis cultivation facility near downtown Tulsa. We are looking to add plant technicians to our growing team. Our plant technicians are responsible for the health and wellness of all flowering plants in our facility up through the harvesting phase. A background in cannabis is not required, but a willingness to learn is. We offer a competitive wage, with plenty of advancement opportunities and stable employment for candidates. New hires will be expected to adhere to company standards and be a cohesive part of our production team. All team members are considered an integral key to our success. Apply Now

  • Work in Oklahoma Cannabis | Plant Propagation Technician | Summit Genetics

    START YOUR JOURNEY AT THE TOP Summit Genetics is a medicinal marijuana grower dedicated to raising Oklahoma's finest Cannabis products. Guided by four principles—quality, safety, expertise, and compassion—our combined years of knowledge create a professional and family-oriented experience for growers in all areas of our operation. See our current openings below, or send your resume to careers@summgen.com . Tulsa, OK, USA Plant Propagation Technician Full Time View Details Tulsa, OK, USA Tulsa Cannabis Sales Rep Full Time View Details Tulsa, OK, USA Plant Technician Full Time View Details Oklahoma City, OK, USA OKC Cannabis Sales Rep Full Time View Details CAREERS AT SUMMIT GENETICS THE PERKS • Flexible Schedule Our facility runs two different day shifts, allowing you the flexibility to take care of what else life has in store. • Continuing Education and Training As part of the Summit Genetics mission, we place a lot of emphasis on growth. We actively ensure our team members are learning Cannabis and thriving in their position. • Employee Focused Management Happy hands make happy plants. That’s why our employees come before anything else. In addition to competitive pay, we listen, collaborate with, and care for each other at Summit Genetics. • Join a Growing Company Explore your passion for plants and make your mark in Cannabis within a company that's constantly growing with you. • Additional Perks for Full-Time Sales Reps Paid vacation and sick leave, plus access to a company car and phone, are available to full-time members of our sales department ABOUT SUMMIT GENETICS FLOWER TO THE PEOPLE. Advanced Technology From humble beginnings to a state-of-the-art facility, we’ve focused our resources on creating a sterile environment for growing and advanced labs for research. Family-Oriented Happy hands make happy plants. That’s why our employees come before anything else. We listen, collaborate with, and care for each other at Summit Genetics. Going Green We’re doing our part to be more environmentally responsible, minimizing damage to the planet, reducing our waste, and growing with natural and organic nutrients.

  • Terms & Conditions | Summit Genetics | Oklahoma

    TERMS & CONDITIONS Welcome to Summit Genetics! ​ These terms and conditions outline the rules and regulations for the use of Summit Genetics's Website, located at https://www.summgen.com. ​ By accessing this website we assume you accept these terms and conditions. Do not continue to use Summit Genetics if you do not agree to take all of the terms and conditions stated on this page. The following terminology applies to these Terms and Conditions, Privacy Statement and Disclaimer Notice and all Agreements: "Client", "You" and "Your" refers to you, the person log on this website and compliant to the Company’s terms and conditions. "The Company", "Ourselves", "We", "Our" and "Us", refers to our Company. "Party", "Parties", or "Us", refers to both the Client and ourselves. All terms refer to the offer, acceptance and consideration of payment necessary to undertake the process of our assistance to the Client in the most appropriate manner for the express purpose of meeting the Client’s needs in respect of provision of the Company’s stated services, in accordance with and subject to, prevailing law of Netherlands. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalization and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same. Cookies We employ the use of cookies. By accessing Summit Genetics, you agreed to use cookies in agreement with the Summit Genetics's Privacy Policy. Most interactive websites use cookies to let us retrieve the user’s details for each visit. Cookies are used by our website to enable the functionality of certain areas to make it easier for people visiting our website. 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