I'm a lot of things, I wear a lot of hats. But mostly, I'm a cannabis grower. I think that's a high falutin' term also means "Against All Odds." This last year I started a company because my banks decided it would be fun to close my accounts due to the fact they think I grow pot, not that I mfg a plastic pot that grows pot.
My merchant processing now has over 5,000 cannabis-based customers and not one of them have had their bank accounts closed and these are growers to dispensaries to medical to recreational. No other businesses, just cannabis. My bank annoyed me because they closed my accounts down on the very day I had invited my entire crew to celebrate our first order. On a side note.. if your bank shuts down your cannabis-based business.. call me.
But.. until then.. I want to talk about grow kits. They really annoy me. This is not good. When something annoys me, I have to fix it. I've been growing since I was old enough to drive a car. People who don't grow tend to think growing cannabis is sorta like growing a tomato. Home gardeners who have grown flowers or veggies think they will have zero problems growing weed.
Wait.. its a weed. It's not like growing a %$#$% Tomato. I was raised on a commercial fruit and veggie farm My dad grew tomatoes, peaches, walnuts, and winter wheat. Tomatoes are just red, nasty decaying balls of slime in the summer sun that makes the most horrific red blotch on your brothers head if you time it just right... but that's another story.
My home gardener friends will call me up and ask me to teach them how to grow. This is code for "Can you come to my place, design my system, install my system, teach me nutrients, plant care, bug identification, how to trim, cure and process?" My response is always the same "It would be faster if you go buy a kit. They can teach you with the most current tools and methods."
This usually works well for a short time. Eventually though, some will buy a kit. With all the friends who have done this, not one grow kit comes with any instructions on how to grow a cannabis plant. They will teach you how to grow a tomato! But not weed.
So in the past 20 years, I have been writing a notebook on how to grow a single plant. I keep adding a few things each time a friend screws up something in their grow. None of these grow kit companies tell you how to use all the products or which products to grow a final plant. Perhaps my friends are not the sharpest sets of tools in the sheds, but by gosh, if you give them directions, they love weed so well, they followed every single direction! These are guys are the same men that get power tools and throw the instructions away with the box. Not true with cannabis! They read every word!
I figured out a way to do a grow kit for under $200, maybe $250. This includes a light. It can grow a single plant, but can be configured to grow more than one. Most of these grow kits are 1,000-1500 and they don't tell you how to set things up for success. At that low of a start up cost, this gives new growers an inexpensive option to start producing their own medicine or recreational cannabis.
More importantly, if a medical user is not able to get to a dispensary, this is a way for anyone to be able to grow cannabis and have success. I think its time for this invention to happen. Now I just need to find a team that wants to work on it.
I have a soil company and a nutrient company that want to have their products in the kit, and have the prelim drawings for the packing for the kit ready. I need to source a couple more things and then get to trade shows. If you are like me and really am annoyed with the way current grow kits are sold and want to make a change in the industry, please contact me. If you are a CEO investor, even better. Let's make grow kits for everyone.