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By William Hyde

Starting your first cannabis garden can be overwhelming — there are endless opinions on what equipment to use and which techniques yield the best results. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to grow great cannabis. With a little homework, a spirit for problem solving, and some memory of your high school science classes (don’t worry, just some), you’ll find that growing cannabis is one of the quickest and most impactful ways to deepen your understanding of this unique plant.

Leafly visited five different gardens to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the professionals are growing cannabis. We’ll bring you to indoor facilities in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington to study the steps successful growers use to produce some of the finest flowers in the country.

Cannabis Genetics

A great garden starts with great genetics. So to kick things off, we stopped by Exotic Genetix in Tacoma, Wash., to learn about selecting the best genetics to start your garden. Mike, Exotic’s founder and breeder, gives us the lowdown on how he likes to get his plants started, as well as some of the differences between starting from a clone or a seed.

Stay tuned! Subscribe to Leafly’s YouTube channel for the next episode of Seed to Sale. Next week we’ll be visiting Coast to Coast Collective in Canoga Park, Calif., to learn how to keep plants happy and healthy during the vegetative growth process.

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