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Growing Exposed: Season 1, Episode 7, “Acres Upon Acres”

Growing Exposed is an informative and instructional web-based YouTube series highlighting different cannabis grow facilities and cultivation methods. The production’s YouTube channel includes almost two seasons of the series along with a number of other grow-related videos.

Growing Exposed is a new video series produced by Jeremy Deichen. Coined “the MTV Cribs of the marijuana industry” the show is led by host Amanda MacKay. Growing Exposed has found a unique way to open up the once underground world, revealing the secrets of industry leaders. In addition to garden tours, David Robinson, author of The Grower’s Handbook lends his expertise in a segment entitled Teachings of The Garden Sage. David has dedicated his life to dispelling the myths behind cannabis while educating people on how plants grow.

Growing Exposed YouTube channel

Growing Exposed‘s Popular YouTube Channel

Over the last 3 1/2 years, Growing Exposed‘s YouTube presence has accumulated almost 4 million views and currently boasts over 50k subscribers. I stumbled across the page last night browsing for cannabis content and checked out Episode 7 from the first season.

Entitled “Acres Upon Acres”, the episode takes a detailed look at a massive, high-functioning, 6-acre greenhouse and the strategies and tactics required for the greenhouse to succeed on a scale that is “the future of cannabis growing…that most growers only dream of.”.

Growing Exposed looks at enormous acreage of cannabis in a greenhouse
Acres Upon Acres of cannabis plants in this greenhouse of the future (photo: Growing Exposed)

Cannabis Cultivation Demystified

Most cannabis users never have the opportunity to visit a cannabis grow, let alone work at one. It is largely foreign territory to most of us, which is what makes a web series like Growing Exposed so valuable. The series both demystifies the cannabis cultivation process and educates viewers about the life cycles of cannabis plants.

The “Acres Upon Acres” episode focuses on a massive greenhouse system and highlights different aspects of the operation, including:

  • hydration methods
  • aerating strategies
  • planting and harvesting rotation
  • trellising and platform mobility
  • sunlight regulating technology for the flowering stage
  • growing a flowering plant from a cutting

David Robinson, Garden Sage

David Robinson, the so-called cannabis “Garden Sage” and author of The Grower’s Handbook, is also part of the Growing Exposed team and in this episode identifies the different ways greenhouses minimize environmental impact, increase financial efficiency, and maximize plant viability.

Robinson is quick to name sunlight as the prime mover for overall greenhouse efficiency and productivity. He contrasts this with indoor grows that utilize mercury-laden, very expensive to power, light bulbs. These bulbs and the light they produce are the largest expense for an indoor grower. They also end up in landfills contaminating the soil around them.

Robinson notes that it takes about 100 pounds of coal to generate the electricity required to grow a pound of indoor cannabis. Greenhouse growers, on the other hand, are able to regulate light, temperature, wind and other elements and forces, to provide consistent growing conditions, which Robinson feels is the most important factor in a grow. If cultivated in a consistent, optimized climate, plants will grow to produce the healthiest, most potent, best tasting and smelling, flower.

David Robinson tells the Growing Exposed audience about environmental and cost-saving methods.
David Robinson, the “Garden Sage”, breaks down the environmental and cost benefits of greenhouses (photo: Growing Exposed)

Product Highlight: GeoPot Squat Pots

Although most of Episode 7 of the first season of Growing Exposed profiles the 6-acre greenhouse and its environmental benefits, the producers leave some time near the end to highlight a growing medium created by another cultivator for use in his greenhouse.

In the shorter segment, viewers learn about squat pots, cloth-based planters that allow the soil extra room to breathe and enable root systems to expand laterally. This segment’s grower, Andrew, created and manufactures his own GeoPot branded squat pots which are wider and lower than standard squat pots and which house 2 or 3 plants at a time.

Although this segment focuses on Andrew’s GeoPot brand pots, viewers also catch a glimpse of Andrew’s canopy and his hydrating and temperature control features, among others.

Growing Exposed looks at GeoPot squat pots
Andrew’s GeoPot squat pots are wider & shorter than most and can house 2 or 3 plants at a time (photo: Growing Exposed)

Why You Should Watch Growing Exposed

The value of a YouTube series like Growing Exposed is its ability to provide practical cultivation information and instruction in context. Reading about cannabis cultivation can be exceedingly dry, if not boring, for most non-horticulturists, but video productions like Growing Exposed are dynamic, fun, and highly illustrative of what cannabis cultivation looks like in real time.

As someone who’s avoided the bulk of Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook for fear of getting lost in the weeds (pun intended), Growing Exposed is a welcome demystification of the cannabis cultivation process that highlights a wide variety of methods and approaches to growing.

At a time when many old growers are being put out of business by the changes accompanying legalization, it is refreshing and reassuring to know there are many new growers who are thriving. As the show’s capable and personable host, Amanda MacKay, announces at the start of each episode, Growing Exposed is “the show that takes you inside the world of cannabis growing”.

If you’re interested in what happens before cannabis arrives packaged and ready for dispensary purchase, or if you’re curious about cannabis agriculture at all, you’ll find all that and more on Growing Exposed.

What a greenhouse looks like at 90% humidity.
Growing Exposed tour guide, Justin, inside a 90% humidity greenhouse designed for ultra-efficient hydration (photo: Growing Exposed)
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Doing high dives into the California cannabis industry, cannabis culture, cannabis-friendly music and anything else cannabis-related residing in the vast expanse of my turgid cranium.

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