When it comes to growing THCA flower, today’s farming world offers more methods and options than ever before. Once upon a time, farmers were stuck with one choice: to grow outdoors, and thus, be at the mercy of mother nature. Naturally, for cannabis to yield high-quality THCA buds, you need to know that the plant is getting proper sunlight, humidity, heat, water, and nutrients.
Many of these factors are unpredictable due to the whims of the great outdoors, but two alternatives are now widely utilized by cultivators big and small: indoor growing, and light deprivation. We will be comparing them today in order to help you understand what each method has to offer.
A Quick Overview on THCA Flower in General
“THCA hemp flower” refers to the raw cannabis buds that have not been decarboxylated. These buds will contain a high concentration of THCA and lower levels of THC. Basically, THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw and live cannabis plants. As the cannabis plant matures, THCA slowly converts to THC, the main psychoactive compound responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana consumption.
However, before the plant is exposed to heat (i.e., during smoking, vaping, or cooking/baking), much of its THC content exists in the form of THCA.
What is Exotic THCA Flower?
Let’s dive into exotic THCA flower, a more recent term that is totally different from “light dep.” Exotic THCA flower is sort of the cream of the crop as far as quality is concerned. Basically, “exotic” means companies that use a small-batch approach, growing it indoors using the most meticulous levels of care possible. In terms of breeding, the lineages of exotic buds have some of the most prestigious names you’ll find from around the world. It’s also characterized by its white ash, which indicates absolute purity, and its terpene count is so high that the aroma is out of this world.
Exotic THCA flower must earn its classification, too. It must adhere to these standards from the time the seeds are planted, and its lineage gives it away. Also, keep in mind that because exotic flower must be grown indoors, it cannot also be light dep flower. Now, let’s go over the pros and cons.
- Maximum quality control yields bigger, more flavorful/aromatic, and more potent buds.
- Impressive purity, as seen in its white ash.
- Bred from some of the most prestigious strains of all time.
- Requires meticulous care and extensive knowledge.
- Can be less cost-effective as a lot of labor is required.
What is Light Dep THCA Flower?
Another option for better control is light deprivation – aka “light dep”. This is a pretty new method that’s already become hugely popular. Light deprivation is for outdoor and greenhouse growing, as it involves depriving the plants of natural sunlight at different times, while indoor growing provides light through sun lamps. Therefore, light deprivation is ideal for those who want to control the actual light cycle of the plants, but otherwise want to grow flower either outdoors or in a greenhouse.
The bottom line is that not all climates are ideal for growing THCA flower in terms of light cycle and seasons. Plants naturally begin flowering at the start of fall, as the reduced hours of sunlight trigger blooming. But, many people live in environments where fall brings a big drop in temperature that can harm the plants before they get a chance to yield healthy flower buds. Besides that, by going with the natural light cycle of the seasons, you get one chance to harvest your crops each year.
Light deprivation makes up for this by offering a simple approach to artificially reducing light gradually before the autumn season kicks in. It simply requires covering your plants with a tarp earlier and earlier each evening, to mimic the way in which the sun sets earlier and earlier as we move into the autumn season. This tricks the plants into flowering early, so you can harvest those buds pretty much whenever you want.
- Perfect for outdoor or greenhouse cultivators.
- Offers a quicker harvest time.
- Ideal for those who live in areas where autumn brings weather that’s incompatible with cannabis growing.
- Requires no complicated equipment – a light-blocking tarp does just fine.
- Only works for people who live in locations where cannabis grows easily outdoors.
- Smaller plants result from shorter growth cycles.
- If you live in a hot and/or humid environment, covering the plants at night can trap heat and humidity, to the detriment of the plants.
- Requires a very strategic hand to properly mimic the natural sunlight cycle during the transition into fall.
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Exotic Flower and Light Deprivation: Two Great Ways to Enjoy Better Control Over Your THCA Flower
As you can see, growing THCA flower under “exotic” standards, and utilizing light dep growing techniques, are two different methods that correct the same underlying issue: a lack of control over the conditions to which cannabis plants are exposed to when grown outdoors. And, the big determining factor between which one is ideal comes down to the region in which the plant is being grown.
Bloomz THCA Flower is indoor-grown, as this gives us full control over our final product. As a result, our indoor and boutique flower products are extremely potent, flavorful, and visually stunning, resulting in outstanding, premium quality that our customers are certain to enjoy.