Lume Cannabis Company produced nearly 200,000 cannabis plants this year between an indoor cultivation facility in Evart and an outdoor cultivation area near Tawas. Together, that equates to around 40,000 pounds of usable material that was harvested for medical and adult-use products.
“We are licensed for 28,000 plants for our indoor facility, and we do five and half turns every year, so plant-wise we are sitting at about 150,000 plants a year that we are harvesting out of our indoor facility every year,” production supervisor Kevin Kuethe said. “Add about 20,000 to that for our outdoor and that would be an accurate number of plants for this year; 150,000 plants will produce around 40,000 pounds of usable material that would include seeds, buds, and extractable materials."
The new crop of outdoor plants will be started in the next couple of months, and plans are to increase the number of plants grown, he said. The plants will be started in greenhouses and other indoor facilities, and then transplanted at the outdoor cultivation area around June. Harvesting usually takes place around October. In contrast, the indoor cultivation facility is a year-round production, and consistently produces around 150,000 plants each year, which flower on a nine-week cycle.
“Outside is not perfect every day, and that is what we are providing with the indoor cultivation — the perfect environment every day,” he said. “When you have outdoor plants, they are a little rougher because they have a lot of wind and rain that can affect it. In that way, sometimes the seasoned cannabis consumer can tell both visually and after consumption.”
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