To grow CBD flower, farmers start their plants indoors with hemp seeds selectively bred to deliver a significant amount of CBD and a tiny amount of THC.
CBD Hemp Plants Love the Great Outdoors
Once the plants transition from seedlings to the vegetative stage, or about 12” tall, they are planted directly in the soil outside — rather than indoors — and thrive in most climates. Hemp plants are warmth-loving (thermophilic), sun-loving (heliotropic) with a root that penetrates deep into the soil .
The best conditions for CBD flower growth are areas with well drained soil rich in organic material which is not too wet or weedy. With a growing cycle that runs from 108 to 120 days, the best time to plant hemp is after the final frost. The outside temperature should be around 50 degrees — usually May and June. During the first six weeks hemp plants are watered consistently.
The CBD flower refers to the female hemp plant. When the hemp flower reaches full bloom, the bud or flower secretes cannabinoids (CBD) and resin to attract pollen from the males to produce seed.
Farmers remove male plants so that the female plant will put all their energy into producing the flower. The CBD hemp flower, a tight cluster of many small flowers growing together, is covered with a sticky residue that contains much of the CBD compound.
After about 100 days the hemp plants with the CBD flowers are ready to harvest, dry and cure.
Growing CBD Hemp Flower at Scotch Valley Ranch
Scotch Valley Ranch hand tends the hemp plants, and with the natural sun and rain, produces a CBD flower that is very pure.
Analysis of SVR’s CBD flower shows that the Cherry Wine flower has 16.946% CBD and less than 0.017% THC. This amount meets the government standards of less than .3% THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. The SVR CBD flower is full of cannabidiol and may provide a restorative experience for anxiety, movement disorders, and sleep issues.
In addition to producing CBD, Scotch Valley Ranch’s Cherry Wine strain delivers a very powerful terpene profile, which is where CBD flower gets its flavor. Depending on the plant you may be reminded of cloves, citrus, cantelope, or even Jolly Ranchers. The top terpenes for Scotch Valley Ranch Cherry Wine include the following:
- Beta Myrcene known for earthy, musky notes, resembling cloves, sometime a fruity, red grape-like aroma
- Caryophyllene for spicy or peppery notes
- Limonene which is fruity and citrusy
- Humulene which is found in both hops and cannabis
Growing CBD flower takes time and care which Scotch Valley Ranch has provided. This level of nurturing has produced an excellent CBD product.