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Sungrown vs. Greenhouse-grown Cannabis: Is one really better than the other?

In the evolving world of cannabis cultivation, indoor has remained the prominent grow style, often touted as producing superior products. However, the industry has shifted gears over the years to acknowledge that indoor cultivation has a long list of adverse environmental impacts and does not always produce quality products.


With that wave of consciousness, two other cultivation methods have become prominent: sungrown and greenhouse. Here at Coastal Sun, we work on perfecting both of these methods, emphasizing organic, regenerative practices. The goal is not only to produce an exceptional product consistently but also to reduce the harm done to the environment while maximizing the medicinal capacity of the plant.


A Coastal Sun worker walks through a sungrown cannabis field with hills in background.

Each approach has unique advantages and challenges, and many wonder if one style is truly better than the other.


In this article, we'll delve into why our sungrown flower has been missing from dispensary shelves, why people love it, the benefits of farming in harmony with the seasons, and explain the differences between sungrown and greenhouse cultivation styles.


The Anticipation of Coastal Sun's Sungrown Flower


Many cannabis farmers, including Coastal Sun, have focused on growing with the rhythms of seasons. This sungrown cultivation method can produce healthier plants with greater yields, lower costs, less harmful environmental impact, and a purer product for the customer's overall health.


It is an annual system with carefully selected varieties of seeds and clones generally planted in the late spring and early summer from April to June. The process from seed to harvest can be anywhere from 12 to 26 weeks. Harvest is typically around early September through late October. This season is called "Croptober" since October is when many growers harvest their cannabis crops.


Tall flowering cannabis plants stand in a sungrown field on the Coastal Sun farm during sunset.

The season-dependent nature of sungrown cannabis creates anticipation and excitement for consumers. Each season's harvest brings a fresh batch of cultivars with distinct characteristics akin to seasonal produce, like our blueberries.


As the summer months end, you may have noticed that our sungrown flower has yet to be on the dispensary shelves, and we got your messages asking when they will be back. Now that we have entered the fall season, we're excited to share that our sungrown cultivars are being harvested. You should be seeing them on your dispensary shelves throughout this abundant season.


Why People Love Sungrown Cannabis


One of the main reasons people love sungrown cannabis is its natural connection to the environment. Cannabis thrives under the raw power of the sun. This energy infuses the plants with vitality and character that indoor cultivators can't replicate with artificial lighting, creating more flavorful and potent cannabis.


Purple companion plants flower among cannabis plants under the bright sun in organic sungrown field on Coastal Sun farm.

This sungrown cultivation method can produce healthier plants with greater yields, lower costs, less harmful environmental impact, and a purer product for the customer's overall health.

Utilizing the sun's power also reduces energy consumption, making it a more resource-efficient system rather than resource-intensive. If you're an environmentally conscious consumer, you may appreciate the reduced carbon footprint of sungrown cannabis purchases.


Sungrown cultivation aligns with the harmony of the natural environment. Plants receive the right amount of sunlight and temperature fluctuations, contributing to robust terpene and cannabinoid profiles.


Is Sungrown Cannabis Better


Sungrown cannabis is often associated with quality and lower costs. However, science has proven that sungrown cultivation is a testament to sustainable farming practices that promote ecological balance and reduce the industry's carbon footprint.


Our organic cannabis is flavorful, pure, and potent with buds that are better for you and the planet.

It also produces a more potent and flavorful product. One of our favorite parts of growing organic sungrown cannabis plants is that they tend to be healthier. They are exposed to natural predators and develop resistance to pests and diseases, meaning no pesticides and chemicals are needed, resulting in cleaner, safer cannabis.


The lower price point is often more associated with the reduced costs required to produce cannabis in its natural environment. At Coastal Sun, our price point is a reflection of our values. While it's essential for us to reduce our energy output, we genuinely want all people to be able to access clean cannabis products.


Seasonal sungrown farming encourages growers to prioritize quality over quantity. It's not about producing as much as possible year-round but cultivating the best product during specific windows of opportunity.


We must mention that not all sungrown cannabis is organic, which is what makes Coastal Sun's cultivars a sought-after product. Cannabis is a bioaccumulator, meaning it will absorb anything the soil and environment provide. Beyond harnessing nature's natural elements, we also ensure the plants are grown regeneratively so the soil is rich with nutrients year-round.


Cultivator holds nutrient rich soil with roots in palms in Coastal Sun organic sungrown field at dusk.

The absence of synthetic inputs promotes healthier soil ecosystems, reduces harm to beneficial insects, and minimizes environmental pollution, thus fostering sustainability.

The plant's exposure to natural elements combined with our organic and regenerative farming practices creates the ideal environment. Here we are able to grow healthier cannabis, which provides a more well-rounded, multi-dimensional, therapeutic experience. Our organic cannabis is flavorful, pure, and potent with buds that are better for you and the planet.


So is sungrown really better? We want to think so, but we acknowledge that this limits us to producing much less product that our customers need throughout the year. This is why, throughout the year, we apply our organic practices to our greenhouse cultivation.


Greenhouse-grown Cannabis: Coastal Sun's year-round cultivation method


While sungrown cannabis has its merits, greenhouse-grown cannabis also has its advantages. Greenhouses enable growers to control environmental factors, extending the growing season and ensuring consistency. Cultivators can regulate temperature, humidity, and light intensity, which may be better suited for achieving optimal conditions for cannabis growth regardless of the season.


Greenhouse-grown cannabis is generally less vulnerable to pests and diseases. The controlled environment makes implementing integrated pest management strategies and maintaining a healthy crop easier.


While less sustainable than sungrown methods, greenhouse cultivation can still be more energy-efficient than indoor operations. Modern greenhouses often incorporate energy-saving technologies and renewable energy sources. Coastal Sun has pioneered growing in bioponic pots that utilize recycled water to reduce water consumption while feeding organic nutrients to our greenhouse crops.


Our organic greenhouse cultivation methods help us provide you with the best cannabis year-round.

Just as not all sungrown cannabis is organic, the same is true for greenhouse cultivation. Organic cannabis is cultivated without chemicals or pesticides, ensuring a cleaner product. The absence of synthetic inputs promotes healthier soil ecosystems, reduces harm to beneficial insects, and minimizes environmental pollution, thus fostering sustainability.


Beyond environmental concerns, organic cannabis boasts enhanced terpene profiles, resulting in more decadent flavors and aromas and a more enjoyable and authentic cannabis experience. Furthermore, organic cultivation methods emphasize the importance of holistic plant health, which leads to higher cannabinoid production and yields a more potent and therapeutically valuable final product.


A hand holds vibrant cannabis nugs with cannabis plants in background.

Our organic greenhouse cultivation methods help us provide you with the best cannabis year-round. So while we eagerly await the plentiful harvest of the sungrown season, we can all rest assured that we still have access to perfect, potent, flavorful weed.


Sungrown vs. Greenhouse. This harvest season, the choice is yours.


The choice between the two ultimately depends on your values, location, and preferences. Sungrown cannabis enthusiasts enjoy it's environmentally friendly and flavor-rich, while greenhouse advocates appreciate the control and reliability it provides. Coastal Sun grows in both these styles organically, meaning either choice you make was grown with your cannabis experience and the planet in mind.


As the cannabis industry develops, both methods will have their place, ensuring a diverse array of products for consumers who cherish each approach's different qualities. Whether it's the natural beauty of sungrown cannabis or the precision of controlled greenhouse environments, the choice is yours. We hope, either way, you’ll choose Coastal Sun.


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