AUBURN, Maine – The process of growing marijuana goes through about a five-month cycle at the Wellness Connection complex in Auburn, Maine.
The first step is cloning. The tip of a mature plant, called a “mother plant,” is cut off from a branch.
The clones, which are basically seedlings, are moved to a separate room. They’ll spend about 15 days in a warmer, more humid climate of this room aid in their growth. Once they mature a bit, they are potted and moved to the “veg” stage for two weeks.
Plants start out as vegetative growth, promoting the production of leaves and stems. An 18-hour photo period replicates the longer summer days with bright white light for about two weeks. The plants are then potted in shredded coconut shells. The operation does not use soil, because the potential for root rot and other traditional diseases.
As they grow bigger, plants are placed in one of the four flower rooms where the light schedule reduces to 12 hours on, 12 hours off. The lighting spectrum changes to