The commercial cannabis industry is trending toward hiring Master Growers with degrees in Horticulture or Botany and with work experience in greenhouses producing flowers or food. These degrees and work experience provide a good background for potential Master Grower candidates for cannabis facilities. However, without a solid understanding of the specific nature of the cannabis plant, such hires tend not to be as successful as hoped.
Conversely, a person with many years of cannabis growing experience, but no formal training, may not have the skills needed to grow cannabis on a large commercial scale. The good news is that without a degree and commercial growing experience, it is still possible to be a viable hiring option for a commercial cannabis facility.
Cannabis Master Grower Qualifications
Growers with Horticulture or Botany degrees and experience in commercial greenhouse or indoor settings unrelated to cannabis need to learn about the specific growing needs of the cannabis plant. While traditional food or flower growing processes provide a base for your skills and knowledge, cannabis has it’s own set of requirements for growth. It’s important for potential Master Grower candidates to learn about:
- Specific light cycle needs
- Nutrient and plant feeding schedules
- CO2 enrichment
- Ideal growing conditions
- Temperature and humidity
- Grow methods and mediums
Grower candidates without degrees and commercial growing experience need to have a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis plant, mold/mildew/pest prevention, and propagation fundamentals. Learning about these specific factors that influence the growth of the cannabis plant are essential for individuals hoping to become Master Growers in the industry.
While either degrees or real world cannabis experience are important, what is truly essential for a successful Master Grower is embracing the arduous work involved in growing plants, placing significant importance on the cleanliness of the grow environment, skills to manage people and manage the perpetual cannabis grow cycle in the most efficient manner.
Degrees in either Botany or Horticulture have their place in the cannabis industry and provide many growers with the basic skills necessary to grow on a commercial scale. Without a degree or experience growing in a commercial setting, potential Master Grower candidates can improve their chances of being hired by learning about the specifics of marijuana cultivation and honing their managerial skills. In depth knowledge of the plant, the ability to organize the propagation and cultivation of cannabis on a large scale, and quality people management skills are essential for potential Master Grower candidates.
Whole Plant Technologies offers grower training and placement options within the commercial cannabis industry. Contact Whole Plant for more information about our grower training and placement programs.