Clandestine Gardens Exclusive Tour
You won’t see any high tech innovations at Clandestine Gardens, and that’s exactly how the owner, Ian Kaplan, likes it. Ian is a down-to-earth guy who prefers things to be done the old-fashioned way.
His set up is labour-intensive and his team is hard-working, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have fun. Ian, along with his wife, brother, and crew don’t mind getting a little dirt under their fingernails to grow some of the highest quality cannabis around.
Clandestine Gardens used to be an old mushroom farm before Ian took it over. It features twelve rooms in total, two specifically for vegging and ten for flowering. This set up was chosen so that Clandestine can harvest one room a week on a ten week flower cycle, taking down a room every Monday and transplanting every Tuesday.
As a smaller farm, they produce an an average of 12-20 lbs per room. The system runs efficiently with just enough time for the trim crew to finish up a week’s worth of work before moving on to the next one, which means there is always work to be done and there is no need to switch crews. The advantage with this system is that they can run twenty or more strains with multiple strains per room. As opposed to growing a single room containing only one strain, Clandestine Gardens is able continuously offer a consistent variety of high-quality cannabis for various needs, whether it be a sativa, indica, or hybrid strain.
Clandestine Gardens brings in all the genetics they want, some are clone only, and some come from a lot of seed stock. Clandestine supplies staple strains that consumers want the most, which are: Vietnamese Black, LA OG Kush, Velvet Kush, The White, Pineapple Express, Grandaddy Purple, Amnesia, 9lb Strawberry, Rainbow Kush, ATF, Cotton Candy, Ghost, Maui Wowie, DJ Short, Hindu Kush, Green Crack, Hawaiian Treat, Platinum Girlscout Cookies, Jackpot, and more. In each room they introduce four new strains from their seed stock every time in hopes of creating some great genetics.
When Clandestine Gardens was converted over from the mushroom farm, Ian added a skate ramp / break room to liven things up. What he didn’t change, however, was the large wooden grow tables that existed within the building. These tables-on-wheels are packed so tightly accessibility can become an issue, so when they want to work on the plants they have to roll them out into the hallway like a big game of Tetris and hand water each bed. The process is quite labour intensive, but traditional is the way they like to keep it, with the addition of LED (light emitting diode) lights and HPS (high pressure sodium) grow lights.
Amanda Mackay hosts the premiere episode of Growing Exposed, the show that takes you inside the world of marijuana growing and introduces you to some of the characters behind these gardens. Created by film producer Jeremy Deichen, this series takes a look into the once underground world of marijuana production; documenting garden tours, revealing product tips, and reviewing products and practices.
If you want to see this complete episode go here : http://www.growingexposed.com/season-1-episode-1-clandestine-gardens/