What Is the Best Soil for Your Commercial Cannabis Grow Operation?

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One of the most critical factors to determining the success of your commercial cannabis grow operation is choosing the right soil. Not every type of soil is ideally suited for growing cannabis and by choosing the wrong soil, you could effectively make growing a quality product significantly more challenging. If you are looking for the best soil for a commercial cannabis grow operation, living soil provides a wide range of benefits compared to the other options available. Below are some of the reasons to consider living soil with your commercial grow.

Living Soil Uses Microbials to Provide Plant Nutrition

Plants are most comparable to humans in the sense that they are what they eat. There are, without a doubt, adverse side effects to the various synthetic chemicals that are used in most commercial cannabis grow operations throughout the country. Living soil provides an organic based foundation for safely and effectively cultivating cannabis by eliminating the need for such chemicals. By simply adding water, living soil will provide your plant all the nutrients it requires to thrive and produce high quality yields with enhanced cannabinoid and terpene profiles.

Cannabis is a bio-accumulator, meaning that any materials in the soil will be absorbed by the plant, including any heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. When chemicals such as non-organic, salt-based nutrients and fertilizers are added to the soil, those chemicals must be “flushed” before harvest or they will remain in the flower and consumed by the end-user.  Living soil does NOT require flushing due to the simple fact that nothing synthetic has been added to the growing medium.

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Living Soil Helps Lower Human Error and Reduces Your Costs

When using living soil, you are also able to reduce any added costs from buying nutrients to supplement your soil.

By eliminating costly, unhealthy additives, you will also eliminate the need to:

  • Determine which nutrients and mixtures to utilize, which requires time for research
  • Calculate the amounts of each component to add
  • Properly mix nutrients to the recommended formulation
  • Apply the nutrients at the most applicable time of either the veg or bloom cycle

Additionally, all of these steps present an opportunity for human error, which can ultimately jeopardize or even ruin your grow and add to your costs.

Avoiding the use of additional nutrients will save you money in the long run by significantly reducing the cost to grow. With living soil, you can consistently grow for less than $1/gram, which over time, will boost your profitability considerably.

Is Living Soil Scalable for Commercial Outdoor Cultivation?

If you are growing outdoors with living soil, chances are you are most likely not going to use raised beds as there is far too much soil volume for this method to be practical. Ultimately, you will end up wasting a lot of living soil, which can be costly to your grow operation.

However, living soil can be very practical if you grow in small containers or grow bags outdoors, minimizing the amount of living soil you need to use with each plant. This ensures you are primarily using the living soil where it is imperative – within the primary root zone and structure. Through this approach, living soil becomes very scalable and is well suited to the needs of a commercial grow operation.

SoHum Living Soil Can Set Your Operations Up for Success

SoHum Living Soil products have been designed with the needs of commercial growers in mind. When you use SoHum Living Soil, you will be on the forefront of sustainable, greener growing which will pay dividends in the quality of your plants, while consumers will benefit from a healthier product that is free of chemicals.

Use our store locator to find a SoHum distributor near you or contact us directly to place a commercial order for your cannabis grow operations.

Why Should I Use Living Soil in My Cannabis Grow?

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There are many elements that go into producing exceptional quality cannabis plants. Quality genetics is the first “must have” of any top shelf commercial cultivation operation, but one of the most important, yet often overlooked of those factors is the soil medium selected to grow the genetics chosen.  In recent years, the cannabis industry has seen an increased emphasis in producing greener, more sustainable, eco-friendlier products, all of which can be done when growing in living soil.

What is Living Soil?

According to the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the definition of living soil is the community of microbes working together breaking down organic matter which, in turn, provides valuable nutrition to the plants.

Soil microbes are essential for decomposing organic matter and recycling old plant material. Microorganisms are the unseen majority in soil and make up a huge part of soil’s genetic diversity. This means easier absorption of nutrients by plant roots, reduced need for watering, limited erosion, and improved aeration. A combination of organic materials such as compost, coco coir, peat moss, aged tree bark, manure, worm castings, and more can be used to make a base for living soil. Like all living things, soil needs water, and flows water along the path of least resistance to bring hydration and nutrients to plant roots. Water remains in the soil by storing itself in porous minerals for later use.

Living soil embodies a holistic approach to the cultivation of your plants. It contains billions of microorganisms that mimic an outdoor ecosystem and improve the soil’s ability to provide the nutrients each plant needs.

In order to deliver the proper nutrients, living soil contains a curated blend of:

  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Arthropods
  • Nematodes
  • Fungi

These microorganisms, along with earthworms, beetles and other insects present in the soil, work to decompose dead organic matter supplied by compost, topsoil, peat moss and leaf mold. In addition, the earthworms, arthropods and nematodes help to till the soil as they move through it, ensuring the nutrients produced by the decomposed dead organic matter are more evenly dispersed throughout the soil, allowing the best possible nutrient absorption by each plant’s roots.

While soil alternatives used in hydroponic grow operations are typically discarded  after each harvest, living soil can be supplemented with compost and other natural additives so that it can be reused for additional grows. This gives you the ability to get multiple harvests out of the same soil, making it a more efficient, affordable and sustainable solution.

Benefits of Living Soil

If you are looking to achieve healthy, high quality cannabis plants while using a truly natural organic growing process (also known as TLO or True Living Organics), living soil will deliver the results you desire. You’ll experience the following benefits when you use living soil:

  • Just Add Water: Eliminates the need for additional inputs fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals during the cultivation process
  • Promotes exceptional tap and feeder root growth throughout veg and bloom cycles
  • Elimination of additional inputs reduces labor costs which improves profit margins
  • Improves each plant’s ability to fight off pests and pathogens
  • Improves the quality of your harvest with enhanced cannabinoid and terpene profiles
  • Market segmentation by creating new top shelf “organically grown” cannabis category
  • NO FLUSHING IS REQUIRED – With no harmful synthetic based nutrients added, none have to be flushed out, saving growers time and money while providing peace of mind they grew organically.

SoHum Living Soils® Provides the Nutrients Your Plants Need to Thrive

At SoHum Living Soils®, our team of growers, horticulturalists and soil scientists have invested an enormous amount of time refining the cannabis cultivation process in order to ensure our soil delivers the nutrient-rich environment your plants need to thrive in a true living organic method. Our living soil formula was created specifically for use in cannabis cultivation, and it provides an ideal blend of organic nutrients during the vegetative stage and reproductive/flowering stage of the plant.

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SoHum Living Soils® makes it easy to grow the highest quality cannabis plants. You can use our store locator tool to find a retailer near you.  For a deeper dive into cannabis cultivation using living soil, check out “True Living Organics” 2nd Edition by The Rev.

New SoHum Bulk Totes Cut Labor Costs for Commercial Growers

SoHum Living Soils is proud to announce the arrival of our new custom commercial totes. These bags are geared specifically for commercial growers, and they offer a variety of benefits compared with other bulk totes currently on the market. You’ll save time, labor and money, making this packaging design a must-use with your grow operation.

The Most Effective Way to Deliver Your Product in Bulk

SoHum Living Soils Custom Commercial TotesOur new totes provide a better way for SoHum Living Soil to be delivered in bulk. The design of our totes incorporates three primary features which help to lower annual operating expenses:

  • 2 cubic yard size – This bulk delivery size is equivalent to 39.6 of our standard 1.5 cubic foot bags, allowing your operations to maximize work productivity and efficiency with fewer employees, saving capital on labor and improving your profit margins.
  • Spout bottom – Our new totes are designed with a spout/funnel on the bottom to release the flow of product from the bottom of the totes. This eliminates the need to shovel out soil from the top, which is labor intensive. Most other totes use a flat sewn panel on the bottom, requiring the tote to be cut or the soil to be dipped out with a smaller five-gallon bucket, again creating additional labor costs. Our bottom spout is a 14-inch diameter tube that is 18 inches long on the bottom of the tote. In addition, the spout discharge has a rope drawstring to allow for the flow soil into your grow containers. With the use of a forklift or a tractor with a front-end loader, the tote’s four lift loops can hold the tote above the grow containers that need to be filled with soil. Using the spout and drawstring flow gate, these containers can be quickly filled, and soil can be dispersed in an assembly line manner in order to save valuable time and money.
  • Double stack capability – Most totes on the market cannot be double stacked on a pallet and therefore create unnecessary shipping costs. We purposely designed our totes so they CAN be double stacked ,resulting in twice as many totes on a flatbed semi-trailer and effectively slashing logistics costs in half when compared to traditional totes.

In addition to saving time, labor and money, our custom totes leave a smaller ecological footprint than standard bags. Using our totes will allow you to ensure your grow operation remains on the forefront of sustainable, greener growing.  As an additional benefit, our spout bottom totes can be repurposed for a variety of uses around your operations.

Helping You Grow Your Business

When you work with SoHum Living Soils, you benefit from the expertise of long-time growers who share your passion for the industry. Our products are specifically designed to help you get the most out of your efforts. This includes living soil product that optimizes your plant’s genetic potential organically, and spout bottom totes which streamline your operations and allow you to operate at optimal levels of efficiency.

You’ll also benefit from our Cleaner Green Retail Program™ focused on helping you grow your business. We’ll provide you with the insights, marketing and product support you need to distinguish yourself as an industry leader who prioritizes sustainable, greener growing practices.

Order Your Custom Commercial Totes Today

Our Custom Commercial Totes are exclusively available through SoHum Living Soils. Please contact us today to place your order.

What is Living Soil?

Video Transcript:

I’m Ellis Smith reporting from the SoHum warehouse here in Denver, Colorado.  I want to talk to you today about, “What is Living Soil?”.

Living Soil is a little bit different than your traditional way of growing with salt-based nutrients whether you are using a liquid base or a dry salt base amendment. 

Traditionally, these chelated nutrients are just allowing all of the micro and macronutrients to be readily available to the plant and having it uptake immediately. 

What happens with Living Soil is, we do it a little bit different where we can use the same growing mediums minus rock to use it as our base. We can’t use coconut coir, but we can use peat. But the foundation of it is really using worm castings from a compost. 

You can use other compost mixes. We do a Sohum compost. We use Burma compost, and we use a combination of macro and micronutrients that are coming from all different kinds of plant and animal byproducts, whether it’s kelp meal, bone meal, these types of things. We are using Azomite, these different kinds of minerals.

And what we’re doing is, they’re not chelated, meaning, they’re not readily available to the plant uptake.  So, what we’ve done is, through that Burma compost, as well as some other proprietary beneficial bacterian fungus-like, microbrizin that you guys are aware of, bacillus bc’s, these things. 

We have put this into the soil along with a lot of the nematodes and other great things in the worm castings to really come and chelate food and soil for the plant. 

Meaning, these microbes, these bacteria as well as the fungus, they’re going to eat all this food we put in there from the plant-based and animal byproducts. They’re going to eat all that material up, and when they poop it out, it’s called an “exudate”.

That’s going to make this now chelated, all that food and macro and micronutrients that they’ve chewed up, making that readily available to the plant to uptake.

In a nutshell, that’s what Living Soil is.  We are allowing what Mother Nature has been doing outside for thousands and thousands and millions of years, millennials, and replicating that into the soil. 

So, it’s no different than what we’re doing with the liquid-based fertilizer making that readily available, we’re just using a different approach to get that chelation process to happen by using microbes to chew that stuff up, poop it out, and make it readily available to eat. 

That’s Living Soil.  Stay tuned.  We have more content coming to you.

SoHum Living Soils for Veggies

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Ellis Smith here at SoHum Living Soils here in Denver, Colorado. Thanks for tuning in.

I want to talk to you today about using SoHum in your vegetable gardens. Grows great tomatoes, peppers, whether hot peppers, bell peppers, Poblano peppers.

You can grow great kale and chard with it.

I have a hard time growing leafy greens and these types of things with it. It can grow strawberries, anything that’s fruiting. Give it a whirl, give it a shot. We have seen just tremendous yield improvements from all types of things I’m growing with SoHum in a vegetable garden.

Tomatoes: I’m getting four to six times more yield. The sets are literally four to five times larger as far as the tomatoes themselves.

The seed production coming out of these vegetables will blow your mind when you see what SoHum will do to this.

I promise you won’t regret growing all your veggies in SoHum. The taste and the flavor will stand out, which is why we grow cannabis with it too.

Check it out. Thanks.

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Best Soil for Growing

What is the best soil for growing?

 

Video Transcript:

Alright. Ellis Smith here, with SoHum Living Soils. I hope y’all are doing well today. I want to reach out to y’all and talk a little bit about what is the best growing medium or growing soil for growing cannabis, or any other vegetables for that matter.

There’s a lot of choices that you can look to use and it can be very confusing. There’s a lot of great products on the shelf as you go into a grow store. It can be very, very overwhelming, as you know, uh, to see all the different products on the shelf. There’s a lot of great reputable ones. I won’t name any brands.

But just when you go in there and look and see, you’ve got to truly understand what type of growing methodology are you doing.

Are you going to be using a liquid-based fertilizer? If that’s the case, you can go in and buy some kind of inert medium, whether it’s coconut core or peat-based. And those will work great, by just using a liquid line off the shelf and using one of those products. And there’s a lot of options out there in the marketplace.

Go ask the guys who work in the grow store who they recommend as far as a great vendor for their growing medium. And depending on how flexible you want to be with that coconut core or that peat-based perlite mix, you also can go in and add worm castings and still add your liquid fertilizers if you want to. You can do top dressings with a bat guano and these things, while still using liquid fertilizers.

Or, you can get away from the liquid fertilizers. Look at those coconut coir based mediums, look at those peat and perlite based mediums, and start to look at some of your alternatives for, obviously, adding the worm castings of Vermont compost, looking at other beneficial bacteria and fungus, and adding this into the soil.

And then also looking at bat guanos, kelp meal, a bone meal — all these different spectrums and you can mix that in and use that as fertilizer.

So depending on what you want to do, there’s plenty of options out there for you to use. It’s just a matter of what makes sense to you. Pouring bottles and getting all these different pH-up and pH-down, checking parts per million — all this is going to require a lot more attention to detail so that you don’t mess this up, but you can be very successful at it.

Or you can go buy some living soil like SoHum Living Soils that are pre-made for you, that all you have to do is just go buy a bag and just out of water. Or for the guys that want to make their own living soils or kind of playing both sides, but using some of these dry amendments and using liquid fertilizers — go for it, knock it out of the park. It’s so flexible. You can have so much fun with this.

So I recommend you go figure out what is your taste, what works for you in your time and your commitment to being able to do it weekly. End of the day, do you enjoy the end product of what you’re smoking?

We know that it is getting very, very expensive to buy a product at dispensaries. And if you are legal in your own state to do this, this is going to save you so much money by doing it at home.

So I highly recommend finding the ability to tinker and play and learn and see what works for you. So, I don’t really have an answer to what’s the best growing medium? There are so many different options, but take advantage of going out there, tinkering, and learning for what’s going to work for you.

Ellis Smith at SoHum Soils. Come back and see us next time.

Growing Medium Guide for Cannabis Plants

SoHum Living Soils® simply the best soil for cannabis plants. From the novice grower to professional cultivators who love our living soil as it takes most of the guesswork out of fertilizing and maintaining PH levels for your plants.

From seed to harvest, you only need to water and prune. Let our living soils take care of providing the best nutrients for cannabis plants.

 

What Is Living Soil?

Living soil is the best cannabis soil medium used for indoor or container gardening that contains all of the microbial life that would be found in natural soil.

SoHum Living Soils® produces better results than “non-amended” soils with much less effort expended overall. Plants form a symbiotic relationship with the microscopic life that thrives in the composting earth, and plants grown in SoHum Living Soils® do not require constant feeding with artificial chemicals.

The nutrients for cannabis plants is the best cannabis soil in the market.

 

 

Structure Of Living Soil

Living soil is composed of five important parts working together:

• Minerals-The result of nature breaking down larger rocks into tiny pieces over time. Typically, soil minerals are labeled as sand, silt or clay depending on their particle size
• Water-Water is necessary for sustaining life and is extremely important in living soils to keep plant roots and microorganisms alive
• Air-Beneficial aerobic microorganisms require oxygen for respiration, “exhaling” CO2, which dramatically increases root growth.
• Organic Matter-Decaying plant and animal matter that create nutrients which plants need to survive. When decomposition is complete, this matter is called humus.
• Microorganisms-Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes which work to break down organic matter, provide a water network, create carbon dioxide, increase porosity and feed one another to create yet more nutrients.

 

 

What Are Signs Of a Good Living Soil?

• A dark, rich appearance is a good sign of organic material and humus that contains the best nutrients  and soil for growing cannabis
• A loose texture that provides plenty of air exchange and excellent drainage
• “Spongy” enough to hold water without getting muddy

 

Benefits Of Living Soil

• Living soil is less likely to compact and erode, maintaining it’s spongy, airy structure for a long time
• Water moves through it slowly keeping it moist for longer than dead dirt
• Nutrients are retained and are transported to plant roots in the most usable form
• Increased yields
• More complex root and node systems
• Healthier plants
• The soil can be reusable, but may not hold the same nutrients as in the first cycle, however, It can be reused and composted
• Low costs (no need to purchase nutrients, fertilizer or PH stabilizers) It’s all in the mix
• Minimum maintenance
• Very low risk of plant diseases and pests
• No need for toxic chemicals

SoHum Living Soils® has been scientifically designed to provide all of the nutritional requirements of a cannabis plant for its entire life cycle from seed to harvest.

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Living Soil – A Must Have for Natural Cultivation

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Maximum Quality Yields. Mother Nature Approved.

Chances are you’ve heard about SoHum Living Soils through the grape vine (pun intended?). If you’ve tasted products grown in living soil, then you have experienced the deliciousness first hand. Living organic soil is the best way to naturally aid plants in achieving their fullest genetic potential. At this point, you are probably asking yourself, “What is living soil?” SoHum provides an all-natural, organic cultivation methodology.  Living soil provides a healthy ecosystem and steady supply of nutrients for plants throughout their life-cycle.

When you look at a living soil, you might just see plain old dirt.  In actuality, you are looking at millions of tiny beneficial organisms that live harmoniously with each other, which helps to break down the rich organic matter within the soil. These microscopic organisms found in living soil are part of an ecosystem that provides plants with a properly balanced diet and healthy root structures for sustained growth.

From seed to harvest, a plant requires a full buffet of premium nutrients to reach its full genetic potential. Individuals not using a living soil, have to simulate this environment by force feeding their plants macro and micro nutrients and carbohydrate boosters on a set feeding schedule.  This makes plant growth reliant on human interaction.  This is just not as Mother Nature has intended. If there is an imbalance of nutrients or error in the feeding schedule, this error can lead to stunted plant development or even crop failure.  A living soil allows the plant be the boss, taking the human out, allowing it to feed and nourish itself as required.

Living Soil Nurtures Diverse Ecosystems

A living soil is an ecosystem of macro and micro beneficial bacteria that supports and nourishes plants by providing a healthy and sustainable supply of nutrients, without dependency of chemicals or pesticides. The living organisms found in living soil include but are not limited to nematodes (tiny worms), fungi, bacteria and other beneficial organisms. Soil is a part of life that exists and thrives in nature. A diverse range of living things found in the soil contribute to the success of living soil:

  • Macro-fauna such as slugs, earthworms and termites
  • Micro-flora including a range of varieties of soil molds, fungi, molds, algae and yeasts
  • Micro-fauna like many types of protozoa and bacteria in soil
  • Other microbes such as actinomycetes

Reaching Full Genetic Potential

Think of your plant like a person.  Someone with a balanced diet of organic food, living in a sustainable environment is likely to live out their entire life in superb health and wellness. A plant’s life cycle is no different.  When a plant has a balanced diet in a healthy environment, it will thrive and reach its genetic potential.  A living soil ensures a plant has a full buffet to choose from throughout its entire life cycle.  Plants and people are the same when it comes to feeding; how would you feel if you were waiting around for someone to give you food? What if you were given food you didn’t want or someone forgot to feed you altogether? You would be exhausted and withering away! Here are some of the benefits of living soils for cultivating the optimal garden:

  • Enhanced flavor
  • Natural pest mitigation
  • Strong roots
  • Low environmental impact
  • pH balanced
  • Sourced from sustainable materials
  • Reduced labor
  • Maximum yields

Balance Through Simplicity

Like so many things in life, the secret is balance.  We need each of these organisms living in soil working in conjunction with each other.  A living soil mix allows the plant to reach its full genetic potential without the limitations of human feeding schedules. Plants in nature are able to flourish because their environment makes all of the beneficial material readily available.  Living soil allows a cultivator to replicate nature by avoiding dependence on chemicals, pesticides and eliminates time spent pandering to tedious feeding cycles.  Living soil leads to happy and healthy plants while freeing up time and effort for the grower.  Living soil will give your garden the most natural and sustainable environment, giving way to maximum yields.  Just as Mother Nature intended.

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