CAN (BC): Did the heat wave offer a bumper crop for cannabis?

B.C.'s heat wave saw cannabis crops thrive.

At least according to Tyler Bigattini, the master grower at Potanicals Green Growers Inc. in Peachland. He says plants cultivated in the company's greenhouse or those outdoors have taken off since last week’s blistering temperatures swept through the region. 

“We hit like 45, 46 C last week,” he says. “You can use it to your advantage and use a little more CO2.” “They flourished since the heat wave.” Many farms across the Fraser Valley and Interior are reporting devastated fruit crops, but for cannabis plants that are yet to bud, the more sun the better. 

Bigattini says as long as you have enough water to keep the soil moist — not a problem when you are on an artesian spring well — the plants can make major gains in a short time. “They definitely do like the heat,” Bigattini tells Glacier Media.

Over on Salt Spring Island, Tyler Rumi, co-founder and CEO of Good Buds, says the company's 10-acre organic cannabis farm benefited from the increased sun exposure too. Good Buds has around 20,000 plants.


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