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Nov 2, 2022

The Importance of Having Extra Plants: A Guide to Smart Planning

In the world of gardening and farming, it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected. Whether you’re starting from cannabis seeds or purchasing transplants, having extra plants on hand can be the difference between a successful planting cycle and a potential setback. In this blog post, we will discuss the significance of having extra plants or seeds and provide helpful tips to ensure you are well-prepared for any unforeseen challenges that may arise.

Order Extra: Better Safe Than Sorry

When placing your seed order, it’s wise to include an additional 25% of seeds to account for potential losses. Not every seed will germinate, some may not emerge, and others may exhibit poor growth or lack vigor. By ordering extra seeds, you can account for these natural variations and guarantee that you have enough to fulfill your planting needs. 

Similarly, when ordering transplants from a nursery, consider requesting an extra 5% on top of your desired quantity. Many nurseries include extras in their calculations to account for potential damage or loss during transportation or handling. Having these additional transplants can be a valuable resource in case any unforeseen issues arise during the planting process.

Planning for Crop Loss in Propagation

It’s unfortunate but true – setbacks happen. Factors such as pests (rats, mice, and birds), human errors like forgetting to water or open the greenhouse, malfunctioning automatic watering systems, or unexpected heavy frost can lead to a complete crop loss during propagation. To mitigate the risk associated with these mishaps, it’s essential to plan for such scenarios.

It is advisable to have reliable and quick access to additional plants or seeds, serving as your backup option in case of a crop loss. By having a contingency plan in mind before the season starts, you can ensure that setbacks don’t derail your gardening efforts.

Having extra plants or seeds readily available is a valuable strategy for any grower. By ordering an additional percentage of seeds and transplants, you account for natural variations and potential losses during the planting cycle. Additionally, planning for a complete crop loss during propagation ensures that unexpected setbacks won’t leave you empty-handed.

Remember, it’s always better to have a surplus of plants or seeds at the end of a planting cycle than to face the frustration of not having enough. So, plan ahead, be prepared, and cultivate your garden with confidence!


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